fats and oils

A class of water-insoluble organic compounds found most plentifully in seeds and fruit, particularly in nuts, olives and the seeds of some herbs (eg. sunflower and linseed). Fats and oils are also present in wood and bark.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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