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- An imitation butter prepared from animal fat with other ingredients.
- Hyponym: suene
- 1894, R. C. Kedzie, “Adulteration of Fruit Preserves and Other Foods”, in Twenty-fourth annual report of the secretary of the State Horticultural Society of Michigan:
- If a man sells you anything as good as what you ask for, but yet entirely different, are you cheated? […] [A] man may say his butterine is as pure and wholesome as genuine butter, and therefore why not sell it as butter?
- “butterine”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.