- the fatty tissue or suet of animals.
- 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.
- any of various similar fatty substances: vegetable tallow.
verb (used with object)
- to smear with tallow.
- 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
- (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”).