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tallow

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noun tal·low \ˈta-(ˌ)lō\

Simple Definition of tallow

  • : fat from cattle and sheep that is used chiefly to make candles and soap

Full Definition of tallow

  1. :  the white nearly tasteless solid rendered fat of cattle and sheep used chiefly in soap, candles, and lubricants

tal·lowy play \ˈta-lə-wē\ adjective

Origin of tallow

Middle English talgh, talow; akin to Middle Dutch talch tallow


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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tallow

transitive verb tal·low

Definition of tallow

  1. :  to grease or smear with tallow



15th Century

First Known Use of tallow

15th century

Rhymes with tallow


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tallow

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noun tal·low \ˈtal-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w)\

Medical Definition of tallow

  1. :  the white nearly tasteless solid rendered fat of cattle and sheep which is used chiefly in soap, margarine, candles, and lubricants and of which the form obtained from domestic sheep (Ovis aries) is used in pharmacy in ointments and cerates




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