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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"rapeseed," a euphemistic name coined 1978, supposedly involving Canada, where it was developed, and the root of oil (n.).


n. Any of a number of cultivar of rapeseed (''Brassica napus'') and closely related field mustard (''Brassica rapa''), which have a lower erucic acid and glucosinolate content than traditional rapeseed.


Canola is a cultivar of rapeseed bred to be low in erucic acid. As a term canola may refer to both an edible oil (also known as canola oil) produced from the seed of any of several varieties of the Brassicaceae family of plants, and to those plants, namely a cultivar of Brassica napus L., Brassica rapa subsp. oleifera, syn. B. campestris L. or Brassica juncea. To be called canola, the oil must contain less than 2% erucic acid and the meal must contain less than 30 micromoles of aliphatic glucosinolates per gram.

Consumption of the oil is common and is claimed not only to be completely safe for human and animal consumption, but also to be among the healthiest of plant-derived oils, having a relatively low amount of saturated fat and a high content of polyunsaturated fats. It is also used as a source of biodiesel.

Canola (mythology)

In Irish mythology, Canola was the mythical inventor of the harp. After having an argument with her lover, she left his bed in the middle of the night to take a walk. She heard beautiful music and sat down, soon falling asleep. When she woke up the next morning, Canola realized the wind had created the music by blowing through partially rotted sinew still attached to a whale skeleton. She designed the harp based on this.

Canola (film)

Canola ( Hangul: 계춘할망; RR: gyechoon halmang; lit. Grandmother Gye-choon) is a 2016 South Korean film starring Youn Yuh-jung, Kim Go-eun and Choi Min-ho. The copyrights have been sold for an upcoming Chinese remake of the film.

Usage examples of "canola".

And since it was obvious feminists would never use an oil derived from rapeseed, we were all introduced to canola oil.

The fields stretched out to the horizon like a deep green comforter quilted with chrome yellow patches of canola and spashes of iridescent blue flax.

The smell of damp, ripening wheat and canola rolled in through the open windows.

Just the oily reek of the crushed canola, the engine ticking down, and the whir of mosquitoes.

Unfortunately, even with the top folded down and the wind billowing through, the car still reeked of eucalyptus oil and canola seed.

And this other guy, Rainer, retired after delivering a boatload of canola into a private facility south of Havana.

Spoon the resulting paste into a jar with a tight lid, add enough canola, peanut, or sunflower oil to cover, and store in the fridge.

I had a doozy the other night about Harrison Ford, a peacock feather, and a bottle of canola oil.

For at least two years now, polyunsaturated oils like soybean and safflower have been considered dangerous compared with monounsaturated oils like olive and canola.

Susan mentally flipped through a catalog of Marilyn's seamless dramas, such as the time in the changing room she spritzed a tightly aimed spray bottle of canola oil at the swimsuit of Miss Orlando Pre-Teene after a close call in the talent contest.

Not to worry, recent medical studies tell us that Italy's taste for canola oil, olive oil and wine helps extend the average lifespan and helps prevent heart disease in Italiansso you picked the right place to retire to.

They'd cut down all the trees around, so there wasn't any cover for us, and they poured boiling canola oil down on us from the top.

The milky white glow through the steel-bound alabaster roof was faint and the lanterns hanging from the metal girders were giving off their glow and a feint scent of heated canola oil.

Sweat slicked his whole body, making him feel like he'd been dipped in canola oil and left to go rancid, chafing anywhere belt or backpack or equipment touched his body.

One of those big articulated German cargo-rigs went by, the kind that burned canola oil.