Definition of oleomargarine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌəʊlɪəʊˈmɑːdʒəriːn/


[mass noun]
1A fatty substance extracted from beef fat and used in the manufacture of margarine.
Example sentences
  • The French food chemist Mege-Mouiries responded to the invitation and invented oleomargarine, made from beef tallow, in 1869.
  • It was then averred that to impose upon the colored oleomargarine a tax of ten cents per pound would burden it with such a charge as to render it impossible to make and sell it in competition with butter, and therefore the result of imposing a tax of ten cents a pound on oleomargarine when artificially colored would destroy the oleomargarine industry.
1.1North American old-fashioned term for margarine.
Example sentences
  • Thus it happened that the original ‘oleomargarine’ was a fruit product!

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