Definition of rapeseed in English:



mass noun
  • Seeds of the rape plant, used chiefly for oil.

    ‘unprocessed rapeseed’
    • ‘There were more entries in the card catalogue of the library on rapeseed than on rape, she writes.’
    • ‘Researchers have found that feeding cows rapeseed generates milk with lower levels of high-cholesterol, saturated fat.’
    • ‘According to Ministry of Agriculture regulations, a total of 17 products categorized as soybeans, corn, rapeseed, cotton seed and tomatoes were the first that needed to be labelled.’
    • ‘The rapeseed producers' co-op offers farmers not riches, says Starkebaum, but a way to mitigate risk, and to earn some extra money above the price of the crop.’
    • ‘Transport fuel based on renewable oilseed crops such as soybeans and rapeseed also has potential.’
    • ‘For example, it was used to knock out a gene in rapeseed to make production of edible canola oil possible.’
    • ‘After talking with agronomists at several universities, Blue Sun decided that rapeseed was the best choice for feedstock.’
    • ‘Vegetable oil is the term for any oil that's derived from oilseed crops such as soybean, rapeseed, or cottonseed.’
    • ‘Wexford Renewable Fuels is due to begin extracting oil from rapeseed shortly in Adamstown, Co. Wexford to produce a fuel suitable for diesel engines.’
    • ‘The refinery will process about 100 000 tons of rapeseed a year.’
    • ‘Fuel to run cars can be made from a number of crops, including Yorkshire rapeseed.’
    • ‘Almost 75% of plant oils are derived from four major crops; soybean, rapeseed, palm and sunflower oil.’
    • ‘The exact same methods developed by growers of rapeseed can be used to control cross pollination from GM crops.’
    • ‘Likely products include oil from rapeseed as a diesel substitute, ethanol from beet as an alternative to petrol and a range of crops for combustion to produce heat and electricity.’
    • ‘Since the oil crisis in 1973, plant oils, mainly from rapeseed and soybean, have been investigated as an alternative, renewable source of liquid fuels.’
    • ‘Blue Sun Biodiesel is a limited liability company affiliated with a cooperative that proposes to produce biodiesel from rapeseed grown on the western High Plains area of Colorado and neighboring states.’
    • ‘Until the 1940's rapeseed was grown mainly for lamp fuel and as forage for animals.’
    • ‘It is made from rapeseed and requires no engine or oil modification.’
    • ‘Foods that are rich in unsaturated fats include oily fish, avocados, nuts and sunflower, rapeseed and olive oils.’
    • ‘Farmers growing rapeseed, also known as canola, could co-op a regional seed press, and offer area restaurants premium oil at local prices to avoid too may middlemen and shipping costs.’


Late Middle English: from rape + seed.