Oleomargarine
Oleomargarine O`le*o*mar"ga*rine, n. [L. oleum oil + E. margarine, margarin.] [Written also {oleomargarin}.] 1. A liquid oil made from animal fats (esp. beef fat) by separating the greater portion of the solid fat or stearin, by crystallization. It is mainly a mixture of olein and palmitin with some little stearin. [archaic] [1913 Webster]

2. An artificial butter made by emulsifying a fatty oil with more or less milk and water; it was formerly made predominantly from animal fats, but now is made predominantly or exclusively from vegetable oils, sometimes mixed with animal fats. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: Oleomargarine was wrongly so named, as it contains no margarin proper, but olein, palmitin, and stearin, a mixture of palmitin and stearin having formerly been called margarin by mistake. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • oleomargarine — (n.) 1873, butter substitute made from beef fat, from Fr. oléomargarine (1854), from oléine (from L. oleum oil + ine, after glycerine) + MARGARINE (Cf. margarine). It was regarded as a chemical compound of olein and margarine …   Etymology dictionary

  • oleomargarine — ☆ oleomargarine or oleomargarin [ō΄lē ō mär′jə rin ] n. [Fr oléomargarine: see OLEO & MARGARINE] former term for MARGARINE …   English World dictionary

  • oleomargarine — Margarine Mar ga*rine (m[aum]r j[u^]*r[i^]n; m[aum]r j[u^]*r[=e]n ), n. [F.; see {margarin}.] 1. A processed food product used as an inexpensive substitute for butter, made primarily from refined vegetable oils, sometimes including animal fats,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oleomargarine — noun Etymology: French oléomargarine, from olé + margarine margarine Date: 1873 margarine …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oleomargarine — oleomargaric /oh lee oh mahr gahr ik/, adj. /oh lee oh mahr jeuh rin, reen , mahrj rin, reen/, n. margarine. Also, oleomargarin. [1870 75; < F oléomargarine. See OLEO , MARGARINE] * * * …   Universalium

  • oleomargarine — o•le•o•mar•ga•rine [[t]ˌoʊ li oʊˈmɑr dʒə rɪn, ˌrin, ˈmɑrdʒ rɪn, rin[/t]] n. coo Older Use. margarine • Etymology: 1870–75; < F oléomargarine …   From formal English to slang

  • oleomargarine — noun margarine …   Wiktionary

  • oléomargarine — (o lé o mar ga ri n ) s. f. Terme de chimie. Un des principes de l huile d olive. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat. oleum, huile, et margarine …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • oleomargarine — ːgÉ™ n. vegetable margarineP·le·o·mar·ga·rine || əʊlɪəʊ‚mÉ‘rdÊ’É™ rɪn / mɑːdÊ’É™ rɪːn , mɑːgÉ™ …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oleomargarine — noun a fatty substance extracted from beef fat and widely used in the manufacture of margarine …   English new terms dictionary

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