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 margarine

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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  • Brown has a lovely baby girl,

    The stork left her with a flutter.

    He named her "Oleomargarine,"

    For he hadn't any but her.

    July 3, 2007

  • What fun! I had not heard that before.

    And it makes me think--doesn't someone have a list of words that have been lopped off at the front? If so, margarine belongs there.

    July 3, 2007

  • I have a list like that, slumry--and thanks for the suggestion! I don't recall whether margarine is already on it, but it will be in a second. :-)

    July 3, 2007

  • Oh, and also oleo on the complementary list?

    July 3, 2007

  • Excellent! Done!

    July 3, 2007