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

  • n. An oily liquid, C17H33COOH, occurring in animal and vegetable oils and used in making soap.

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  • n. An unsaturated fatty acid, having 18 carbon atoms and one double bond, found in olive oil and very many other vegetable and animal oils and fats; it is used for making soap, cosmetics etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a colorless oily liquid occurring as a glyceride; it is the major fatty acid in olive oil and canola oil; used in making soap and cosmetics and ointments and lubricating oils

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