Definition of pulza oil in US English:

pulza oil


  • A non-edible oil obtained from the seeds of the physic nut, Jatropha curcas, used commercially as an ingredient of bio-diesel and in the manufacture of soap and candles.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Society of Arts. From a first element of uncertain origin, perhaps a misapprehension of Cape Verdean Creole pulga fruit of the physic nut bush + oil. For the connection between pulza oil and the Cape Verde Islands compare quot. 1866.


pulza oil

/ˈpʊlzə(r) ˌɔɪl/