Any of various hydrogenated vegetable oils, such as palm oil or cottonseed oil, having a semisolid or granular consistency, used especially in South Asian cooking.
Origin of vanaspati
- Hindi short for vanaspati ghī vegetable ghee vanaspati vegetation, the vegetable kingdom (from Sanskrit vanaspatiḥ tree (literally, “lord of the wood”)) (vanas) (probably genetive singular of van- tree, wood Avestan vanā- tree) (patiḥ lord poti- in Indo-European roots) ghī ghee
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Sanskrit वनस्पति (vanaspati)