rape 2 (rāp)
Either of two European plants (Brassica napus or B. rapa) of the mustard family, cultivated as fodder and for their seeds, which yield a valuable oil. Certain varieties of these plants yield canola oil. Also called colza, oilseed rape.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rāpa, pl. of rāpum, turnip.]
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