Date: Fri, 13 Oct 1995 15:05:33 -0400
From: Fraser Sutherland frasers[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]THE-WIRE.COM
Subject: Rape! Canola.
Short of summoning the shades of the Prairie plant scientists who perfected
canola, could someone please settle for me the word's etymology? Oxford
says [ CAN(ADA) + -OLA L oleum oil], Merriam-Webster's says [ CAN(ADA) +
O(IL) + L(OW) A(CID), and my source supposes [ CAN(ADA) + (C)OL(Z)A] (colza
being the summer rape plant). RHD 2 says canola is "of unexplained orig."
Overexplained, I'd say.