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According to Heineman Chemistry Chapter 11: Organic Chemical Pathways:


  Biodiesel is a mix of esters produced
  by a chemical reaction between
  vegetable oil and an alcohol such as
  methanol


Earlier on, esters were described as being the product of a condensation reaction between an alchohol and an alchohol with a carboxylic acid.

May I thus conclude that vegetable oil is actually a carboxylic acid?

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