Definition of oil palm in US English:

oil palm

noun

  • A widely cultivated tropical West African palm tree that is the chief source of palm oil.

    Elaeis guineensis, family Palmae: several cultivars

    • ‘Popular drinks include palm wine, made from the fermented sap of the oil palm, and home-brewed millet beer.’
    • ‘I believe we can create plants with far greater oil productivity than the current tradition bio-oil sources such as canola, soyabean or oil palm.’
    • ‘Research has revealed that oil palm grown as a monoculture upsets the flora and fauna ecosystem due to an absence of plant diversity.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly because of its multifunctionality, the oil palm and its bunches of palm nuts are a recurring feature in Akan royal arts.’
    • ‘The minority view is supported by the fact that almost all the coconut palm's relations are American, the one important exception being the oil palm, which is African.’

Pronunciation

oil palm

/ˈoil ˌpä(l)m/