from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An oily yellow liquid, (C17H33COO)3C3H5, occurring naturally in most fats and oils and used as a textile lubricant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any naturally-occurring greasy or oily substance related to fat
- n. Any glyceride of oleic acid
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fat, liquid at ordinary temperatures, but solidifying at temperatures below 0° C., found abundantly in both the animal and vegetable kingdoms (see palmitin). It dissolves solid fats, especially at 30-40° C. Chemically, olein is a glyceride of oleic acid; and, as three molecules of the acid are united to one molecule of glycerol to form the fat, it is technically known as triolein. It is also called elain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the most widely distributed of the natural fats, the trioleic ether of glycerol, having the formula C3H5(C18H33O2)3.
- n. The trade-name of the oil, fluid at common temperature, obtained by means of hydraulic pressure from the butter-like tropical fats, such as cocoauut-oil and palm-oil, especially the former.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a naturally occurring glyceride of oleic acid that is found in fats and oils
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