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Olein \O"le*in\ ([=o]"l[-e]*[i^]n), n. [L. oleum oil: cf. F. ol['e]ine.] (Physiol. Chem.) A fat, liquid at ordinary temperatures, but solidifying at temperatures below 0[deg] C., found abundantly in both the animal and vegetable kingdoms (see Palmitin). It dissolves solid fats, especially at 30-40[deg] C. Chemically, olein is a glyceride of oleic acid; and, as three molecules of the acid are united to one molecule of glycerol to form the fat, it is technically known as triolein. It is also called elain.

Usage examples of "elain".

Next to him was his wife, Elain, who was nearly five months pregnant and smiling with quiet contentment.

He found Elain sitting on the floor with a row of children, sharpening a pile of spearheads with files and whetstones.

Finally, Elain peered over Katrina’s quaking shoulder and said, “I’m taking her back to the house.

Through the walls, he could still hear the faint sound of Horst and Elain talking.

Sentendosi molto stanco, si alzò vacillante per andare da Elain, che stava avvolgendo dei pasticci di carne in carta oleata.

Feeling very tired, he limped to Elain, who was wrapping meat pies with oilcloth.