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oily

adjective  /ˈɔɪ·li/ us  

oily adjective (FAT)

like oil, or containing or covered with oil: an oily liquid oily skin/hair

oily adjective (FUEL)

covered in or containing a lot of oil: an oily rag
Translations of “oily”
in Chinese (Traditional) 含油的, 似油的, 多油的…
in Russian жирный, покрытый маслом…
in Turkish yağlı, yağ kaplı, yağ içinde…
in Chinese (Simplified) 含油的, 似油的, 多油的…
in Polish tłusty, oleisty…
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