Friday, April 01, 2016

Word of the day: colza

The word of the day is colza:
  1. plant, Brassica napus, of the mustard family, whose leaves are used for food for hogs, sheep, etc., and whose seeds yield rape oil.

"There is the information overload. One is occasionally reminded of the Yonville agricultural fair in 'Madame Bovary,' as detailed by M. Lieuvain, from the prefecture: 'Here it is the vine, elsewhere the apple tree for cider, there colza, farther on cheeses and flax.'" 

 - Lauren Collins, "Come to the fair: the food-and-booze fest that is France's national agricultural exhibition", 4 April 2016 The New Yorker (

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