Definition of oleomargarine in US English:



  • 1A fatty substance extracted from beef fat and used in the manufacture of margarine.

    • ‘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. 1.1North American
      another term for margarine
      • ‘Thus it happened that the original ‘oleomargarine’ was a fruit product!’