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Old October 04, 2012, 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by irmamar View Post
Thinking about it, I guess I should use the word 'oil', since what I use is the oil, after throwing away the plants which have been maceraing in the oil. So maybe I should say something like: 'oil in which pot marigold have been macerating'.
I don't think this is correct. To macerate means to soften by steeping in a liquid, with or without heat (L. macerare from Gr. massein to knead, -> massage). This process is clearly referring to use of the macerated solid afterwards, but in your case you discard it.

So what you mean is

'oil in which pot marigold has been steeped'

(note the singular for a quantity of marigold, not a number of plants)

Edit: this suggests that the Spanish expression is also incorrect, but I would not DARE to challenge that

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