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The Word ‘Biodiesel' Included in Newest Version of Merriam-Webster Dictionary for First Time

July 18, 2006

MADISON, WI—For the first time, the word ‘biodiesel’ appears in the 2006 update of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, according to the Wisconsin Ag Connection Web site. What’s more, Merriam-Webster put biodiesel on the short list of examples of new words added to the dictionary — promoting the list in a national news release and as a sampler on its Web site.The new dictionary edition defines biodiesel as: “a fuel that is similar to diesel fuel and is derived from usually vegetable sources (as soybean oil).”Biodiesel is America’s fastest growing alternative fuel, according to the Department of Energy. Production tripled in 2005, reaching 75 million gallons. The industry is on track to double production this year to 150 million gallons.
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