from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Margarine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun archaic A liquid oil made from animal fats (esp. beef fat) by separating the greater portion of the solid fat or stearin, by crystallization. It is mainly a mixture of olein and palmitin with some little stearin.
- noun An artificial butter made by emulsifying a fatty oil with more or less milk and water; it was formerly made predominantly from animal fats, but now is made predominantly or exclusively from vegetable oils, sometimes mixed with animal fats.
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- noun dated
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a spread made chiefly from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butter
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July 15, 1869: It's a hallowed day for butter substitutes, as French chemist Hippolyte Mege-Mouries patents a shiny spread he calls oleomargarine, after the Greek word for "pearl."
Plaxico Burress was playing as if he'd coated his hands in oleomargarine before sprinting onto the field.
Before I leave oleomargarine and go on to some of our substitutions, may I remark that even the fact we are to enjoy oleomargarine is due to the actions of a substitute for Parliament.
I have found that in the method now generally adopted by manufacturers of oleomargarine, which is produced in immense quantities, the use of water, for washing the fat before melting it, is not only omitted but specially avoided.
-- The best substitute for butter and the one most largely used is called oleomargarine, which in the United States alone constitutes about two and 1/2 per cent. of all the fat used as butter.
Searching on the web, I found this: "Until 1952, U.S. law required that margarine producers use the name" oleomargarine "to describe their product."
Footnote 1104 -- changed comma to semi-colon before "oleomargarine"
Goose grease and other greasy fats, such as oleomargarine, sperfett (a mixture of stearic fats with oil), beef marrow 10.00 32.
In retail sales of oleo - margarine not in the original package the seller shall attach to each package so sold, and shall deliver therewith to the purchaser, a label or wrapper bearing in a conspicuous place upon the outside of the package the words "imitation butter", or the word "oleomargarine" or "butterine".
Maybe because oleomargarine was for many years an illicit substance, but started to gain wide popular acceptance during and after World War I.