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margarine: I prefer butter to oleo.
Not to be confused with:
olio – a dish of many ingredients; hodgepodge; medley or potpourri; miscellany: an olio of gadgets
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n. pl. o·le·os

[Short for oleomargarine.]
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(ˈoʊ liˌoʊ)

Older Use. margarine.


a combining form meaning “oil”: oleoresin.
[< Latin, comb. form representing oleum oil]
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When Margarine was referred to by its original full name of Oleomargarine, it was often just called “oleo” for short.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oleo - a spread made chiefly from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butteroleo - a spread made chiefly from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butter
vegetable oil, oil - any of a group of liquid edible fats that are obtained from plants
stick - a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine
paste, spread - a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers or used in preparing other dishes
trans fatty acid - a fatty acid that has been produced by hydrogenating an unsaturated fatty acid (and so changing its shape); found in processed foods such as margarine and fried foods and puddings and commercially baked goods and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils
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