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The bucket is perforated at the bottom, and being elevated, the oil drains off.

It is this oil that causes bananas to disagree with some persons.

Then would Flossy be ready with her gentle drops of oil to soothe the ruffles.

Measure the vinegar and oil and add them to the dry ingredients.

She was good, and she had been anointed with the oil of gladness.

I'll have to burn some midnight oil, but I can visualize the bridge.

Mortifications of the flesh and fasts purify, not oil or water.

It is said that from the head and the feet of Nicholas flowed two fountains of oil which cured every ill.

You may add to it some hard-boiled yolk of egg, mashed in the oil.

I should have believed so, if my hand which had clutched that other hand, had not been slippery with oil.

WORD ORIGIN

late 12c., "olive oil," from Anglo-French and Old North French olie, from Old French oile, uile "oil" (12c., Modern French huile), from Latin oleum "oil, olive oil" (source of Spanish, Italian olio), from Greek elaion "olive tree," from elaia (see olive). Old English æle, Dutch olie, German Öl, etc. all are from Latin. It meant "olive oil" exclusively till c.1300, when meaning began to be extended to any fatty, greasy substance. Use for "petroleum" first recorded 1520s, but not common until 19c. The artist's oils (1660s), short for oil-color (1530s), are paints made by grinding pigment in oil.

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