tallow


tallow

noun

  1. the fatty tissue or suet of animals.
  2. the harder fat of sheep, cattle, etc., separated by melting from the fibrous and membranous matter naturally mixed with it, and used to make candles, soap, etc.
  3. any of various similar fatty substances: vegetable tallow.

verb (used with object)

  1. to smear with tallow.

noun

  1. a fatty substance consisting of a mixture of glycerides, including stearic, palmitic, and oleic acids and extracted chiefly from the suet of sheep and cattle: used for making soap, candles, food, etc

verb

  1. (tr) to cover or smear with tallow

n.mid-14c., talwgh, from a form cognate with Middle Low German talg “tallow,” Middle Dutch talch, from Proto-Germanic *talga-, meaning perhaps originally “firm, compact material” (cf. Gothic tulgus “firm, solid”).

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