Date: Fri, 13 Oct 1995 15:05:33 -0400 From: Fraser Sutherland 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.