noun Etymology: French, ultimately from Greek margaron pearl, probably back-formation from margaritēs Date: 1836 a food product made usually from vegetable oils churned with ripened skim milk to a smooth emulsion and used like butter

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  • Margarine — in a tub Margarine (  /ˈ …   Wikipedia

  • margarine — [ margarin ] n. f. • 1813; d apr. (acide) margarique, du gr. margaron « perle », à cause de la couleur de cet acide 1 ♦ Vieilli Graisse alimentaire, mélange de corps gras d origine végétale et animale (palmitine, stéarine, suif). 2 ♦ Mod.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Margarine — Sf std. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. margarine, einer Neubildung zu frz. margarique (acide), der Bezeichnung einer in der Margarine enthaltenen Säure. Das französische Bestimmungswort (1869 in der Patentanmeldung) ist übernommen aus gr …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • margarine — butter substitute, 1873, from Fr. margarine (see MARGARINE (Cf. margarine)). Invented 1869 by French scientist Hippolyte Mège Mouries and made in part from edible fats and oils. The enterprising merchant of Paris, who sells Margarine as a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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, and churned …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Margarine — »der Butter ähnliches Speisefett (aus tierischen und pflanzlichen oder rein pflanzlichen Fetten)«: Das Substantiv wurde im 19. Jh. aus gleichbed. frz. margarine entlehnt. Dies ist eine gelehrte Bildung des französischen Chemikers Eugène Chevreul… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Margarine — Margarīne, durch Gesetz vom 12. Juli 1887 in Deutschland vorgeschriebener Name für Kunstbutter. Der Chemiker Mège Mouriès erfand 1869 ein Verfahren, nach welchem Rindstalg gewaschen, in Maschinen zerkleinert und in einem mit einem Rührwerk… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • margarine — After a battle royal fought throughout the 20c between those who pronounce it with a ‘soft’ j sound (as in the shortened form marge) and those who favour a ‘hard’ g sound (as in Margaret), the first of these is now completely dominant, despite… …   Modern English usage

  • Margarine — [Network (Rating 5600 9600)] …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • margarine — ► NOUN ▪ a butter substitute made from vegetable oils or animal fats. ORIGIN French, from Greek margaron pearl (because of the lustre of the crystals of esters from which it was first made) …   English terms dictionary

  • margarine — [mär′jə rin] n. [Fr, from the erroneous notion that margaric acid was contained in all fats and oils] a spread or cooking fat made of refined vegetable oils (and sometimes rendered animal fat) processed to the consistency of butter, often churned …   English World dictionary

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