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1884, commercial shortening of oleomargarine.


n. 1 (context US English) The various fats and oils that go into the making of margarine. 2 (context US by extension dated English) margarine, a clipping of oleomargarine.


n. a spread made chiefly from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butter [syn: margarine, margarin, oleomargarine, marge]


Oleo is a term for oils. It is commonly used to refer to a variety of things:

  • Colloquial term for Margarine, aka oleomargarine
  • Oleic acid
  • Oleo strut, A type of shock absorbers on aircraft landing gear
  • Oleo (song), a bebop composition by Sonny Rollins
    • Oleo (album), a 1962 album by Grant Green featuring the above composition
    • Oleo (Joe McPhee album), a 1983 album by Joe McPhee featuring the above composition
  • Óleo, a city in the São Paulo state in Brazil
  • GNU Oleo, a (defunct) spreadsheet program
  • Oleo drop, a kind of theater curtain

Óleo (Portuguese for "oil") is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population is 2,628 (2015 est.) in an area of 198 km². The elevation is 682 m.

Oleo (composition)

"Oleo" is a hard bop composition by Sonny Rollins, written in 1954. Since then it has become a jazz standard, and has been played by numerous jazz artists, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Bill Evans.

Oleo (album)

Oleo is an album by American jazz guitarist Grant Green featuring performances recorded in 1962 and released on the Japanese Blue Note label in 1980. The tracks were also released in 1997 as part of The Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark.

Oleo (Joe McPhee album)

Oleo is an album by multi-instrumentalist and composer Joe McPhee, recorded in 1982 and first released on the Swiss HatHut label in 1983 it was rereleased on CD in 1992 as Oleo & A Future Retrospective with bonus tracks recorded later that evening.

Usage examples of "oleo".

The Dum dropped the last meter and pogoed back on the shock absorbers, simply springs rather than oleo struts, of her landing outrigger.

That night we just had bread toasted in the oven with oleo, and cabbage with some pickle meat, because Aunt Mae used the coupons we needed to get good meat to get something else.

Denise remembered something as they were ready to go and they put the leftovers in the refrigerator for the maid: ketchup and mustard, pickles, oleo, bread, a ham shank and the two inches of Almaden red that were still in the bottle.

Our first attempts were successful only in getting her to serve fried brushes for breakfast and wash the dishes in oleo oil.

The other is this: " Vulnera hederae grandissimae inflicta sudant balsamum oleo gelato, albicantique persimile, odoris vero longe suavissimi".

Our first attempts were successful only in getting her to serve fried brushes for breakfast and wash the dishes in oleo oil.

The landing lock was going to fold on the fulcrum and the oleo strut was going to swing up and bring the wheels with it, their huge tyres spinning and their weight forced into the bay by the hydraulics, slamming home as the doors came together below.

The main oleos compressed and the nose slapped down, then she was adding power and pulling the nose right back up into the sky.

The main wheels struck the deck with a tremendous thud and the nose wheel fell the three feet to the rigid steel as the main gear oleos compressed.