oleaginous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj oleaginous containing an unusual amount of grease or oil "greasy hamburgers","oily fried potatoes","oleaginous seeds"
    • adj oleaginous unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech "buttery praise","gave him a fulsome introduction","an oily sycophantic press agent","oleaginous hypocrisy","smarmy self-importance","the unctuous Uriah Heep","soapy compliments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Oleaginous Having the nature or qualities of oil; oily; unctuous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • oleaginous Having the qualities of oil; oily; unctuous.
    • oleaginous Figuratively, effusively and affectedly polite or fawning; sanctimonious; oily.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Oleaginous ō-lē-aj′in-us oily:
    • adj Oleaginous ō-lē-aj′in-us (bot.) fleshy and oily: unctuous, sanctimonious, fawning
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. oleaginus, oleagineus, belonging to the olive, fr. olea, olive: cf. F. oléagineux,. See Olive Oil
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. oleaginusoleum, oil.

Usage

In literature:

Fat persons frequently have an oleaginous smell.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
He would give the fish a most oleaginous flavor!
"The Last Days of Pompeii" by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
The man of law consoled him with oleaginous phrases: told him he very much underrated the power of money.
"White Lies" by Charles Reade
See him oleaginate his grin at the sight of a passing painted paver.
"Europe After 8:15" by H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
Yet still I see that dingy slab, That oleaginous pale, pale dab.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 104, February 4, 1893" by Various
In this stage of their formation they must all contain volatile oleaginous constituents.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
The gems cling to the oleaginous substance.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
His oleaginous familiarity was gone.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The last oleaginous corpse was pushed over the edge.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
While we recommend, therefore, the prudence of the oleaginous Ahmed, we can not with justice condemn the perversity of our fretful Khalid.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
The contents of the zygospore are a coarsely granular protoplasm, in which float large oleaginous drops.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
It too went up in oleaginous smoke.
"The Red Hell of Jupiter" by Paul Ernst
Their skins are tanned; the grease of the mare's body is used for light, and for many oleaginous purposes.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
The rear wall was broken by three doors, in one of which a rotund Chinaman beamed oleaginously.
"The Destroying Angel" by Louis Joseph Vance
A month later Pip obtained a humble and oleaginous appointment at the Gresley Motor Works in Westminster Bridge Road.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
The Oils of Berries of Mastick, Myrtle, and other oleaginous Plants, may be extracted after the same manner.
"The Compleat Surgeon, or the Whole Art of Surgery Explain'd in a Most Familiar Method" by Charles Gabriel Le Clerc
It has a very important market for cereals and oleaginous grains.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
In woman, this is probably derived from a slight degree of oleaginous secretion.
"Beauty" by Alexander Walker
How hidden and buried are the kidneys beneath the white, thick, oleaginous covering!
"The History of Peru" by Henry S. Beebe
The old experienced shoe-wearers preferred an oleaginous, lustreless blacking.
"A History of the Cries of London" by Charles Hindley
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In news:

Jon Klein, the oleaginous CNN chief who has led his network from failure to failure, all the while keeping up a patter of confident, self-righteous spin, was finally sacked today.
We pondered as we dipped pita after pita into the oleaginous lake left over from shrimp scampi ($14.95).
It's bad enough shopping at a used -car lot, bargaining with an oleaginous salesman in a cheap bow tie—but buying a major investment sight unseen from a thousand miles away.
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