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[mass noun] A type of thick vegetable oil used in India.
- ‘With this fresh impetus, the total edible oil processing capacity, including vanaspati, is expected to cross 20 million tonne per annum.’
- ‘The other items being sold in the State are micro-refined sunflower oil, vanaspati, jam, honey, tomato sauce, squash, Markfed wheat, fruits and potatoes.’
- ‘Vegetable ghee or vanaspati ghee is harmful as it contains nickel/aluminum.’
From Sanskrit vanas-pati, literally lord of the wood, lord of plants.
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