train oil
noun Etymology: obsolete train train oil, from Middle English trane, from Middle Dutch trane or Middle Low German trān; akin to Old High German trahan tear Date: circa 1553 oil from a marine animal (as a whale)

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  • Train oil — (oil ). [D. or LG. traan train oil, blubber (cf. Dan. & Sw. tran, G. thran) + E. oil.] Oil procured from the blubber or fat of whales, by boiling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • train oil — train′ oil n. oil from the blubber of whales or from other marine animals • Etymology: 1545–55; earlier trane < MD traen train oil, tear …   From formal English to slang

  • train oil — n. [earlier trane < MDu traen, akin to Ger träne, a tear: basic sense “exuded oil”] whale oil, or, formerly, oil from seals, codfish, etc …   English World dictionary

  • train oil — oil obtained from the blubber of whales or from seals, walruses, or other marine animals. [1545 55; earlier trane < D traan train oil, tear; c. G Träne tear] * * * …   Universalium

  • train oil — noun chiefly historical oil obtained from the blubber of a whale, especially the right whale. Origin C16: from obs. train train oil , from Mid. Low Ger. trän, MDu. traen, lit. tear (because it was extracted in droplets) …   English new terms dictionary

  • train oil — varvelis statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Žuvų ir jūrų gyvūnų skysti riebalai. atitikmenys: angl. blubber oil; dolphin oil; fish oil; train oil rus. ворвань …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • train-oil — n. oil obtained from the blubber of a whale (esp. of a right whale). Etymology: obs. train, trane train oil f. MLG tran, MDu. traen, app. = TEAR(2) …   Useful english dictionary

  • train oil — /ˈtreɪn ɔɪl/ (say trayn oyl) noun oil obtained by boiling, from the blubber of whales, or from seals, fishes, etc. {train, earlier trane oil (extracted or made to exude; apparently special use of Middle Low German trān tear, drop) + oil} …   Australian English dictionary

  • train oil — noun a white to brown oil obtained from whale blubber; formerly used as an illuminant • Syn: ↑whale oil • Hypernyms: ↑animal oil …   Useful english dictionary

  • train oil — unrefined cod liver oil (and also the oil from seal and whale blubber). Used in candles and lamps and, mixed with powdered red ochre, as a paint for fish sheds and barns …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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