Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thorny tree (Argania spinosa) of southern Morocco, producing fruits containing seeds that yield an oil rich in vitamin E, prized for cooking and used in cosmetics.

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  • noun A tree (Argania spinosa) of southwestern Morocco, particularly prized for its oil.
  • noun The fruit of this tree

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Colloquial Moroccan Arabic argān, from Tashelhiyt (Berber language of the area in which it grows) argan.]

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From Moroccan Arabic ارݣان (argaan), probably from Tamazight.

Examples

  • Moroccan-sourced product ingredients such as argan oil, myrrh, and black soap are also building steam.

    TravelDailyNews.com

  • The bathroom was stocked with fluffy towels, argan oil and a stool for seated sponge baths.

    Bombing Down the Dunes

  • John Lyons/The Wall Street Journal Aveda is used to dealing with small farmers; its network of supply relationships includes buying argan nut oil from Berber women and sandalwood oil from Australian aborigines.

    Aveda's Skin-Deep Alliance in Brazil

  • Supermodel Josie Maran packs her eponymous makeup line with organic and age-defying argan oil.

    Jennifer Grayson: Eco Etiquette: What's the Best Eco-Friendly Makeup?

  • It buys argan nuts from Berber women in Morocco and sandalwood oil from Australian aborigines.

    Skin-Deep Gains for Amazon Tribe

  • The argan-oil-infused hair treatment makes hair shiny and strong.

    Fashion Forward: Designer Adler joins All Mankind

  • To wake up and have as the morning's duty the challenge of trying a new surf board, with a group of cheerful British girls--on green waves that curled on a long dry rock beach, nestled in a desert grove, with cacti and salt-dried argan trees in the background the source, I learned, of a massage oil only to be found in Morocco -- is quite nice.

    Karin Badt: Surf and Yoga: A New Way to Experience Morocco

  • As for extra-virgin olive oil, I do use it quite often but its ubiquity serves to overshadow many wonderful oils like pistachio, walnut, argan and even grapeseed.

    Lela Rose

  • To wake up and have as the morning's duty the challenge of trying a new surf board, with a group of cheerful British girls--on green waves that curled on a long dry rock beach, nestled in a desert grove, with cacti and salt-dried argan trees in the background the source, I learned, of a massage oil only to be found in Morocco -- is quite nice.

    Karin Badt: Surf and Yoga: A New Way to Experience Morocco

  • The result: A potion for the face containing 11 essential oils including those from jasmine, argan and rose hip seed.

    Linda Rodin

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  • "Could it be they've all left, slyly under cover of night, one of those mass departures encouraged by Zionist propaganda, emptying Tiznit or so many other Berber Ksours, such as Ifran in the Lesser Atlas Mountains, scree and tattoo on the rock face, heat like a furnace as we pass through the scattered argan trees, relatively dense prelude to the desert."

    Talismano by Abdelwaheb Meddeb, translated by Jane Kuntz, p 91 of the Dalkey Archive Press paperback

    September 25, 2011