tal·​low | \ ˈta-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce tallow (audio) \

Definition of tallow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


tallowed; tallowing; tallows

Definition of tallow (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to grease or smear with tallow

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Other Words from tallow


tallowy \ ˈta-​lə-​wē How to pronounce tallowy (audio) \ adjective

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Their irregular dark clay forms echoed Miro’s playful, gestural lines as did stems of ranunculus (some in bud), eucalyptus and white tallow berry gone to seed. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Slightly Surreal Floral Arrangement Inspired by Joan Miró," 22 Feb. 2019 While tallow isn’t for vegans and vegetarians, those open to it can benefit from its high doses of vitamins A, D, E and K. Mater Soap Arbor Hand and Body Soap ($24 at matersoap.com). Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Stressful times call for an all-natural spa day," 15 Oct. 2018 Also, the Chicago bleachable tallow price on Monday was $0.2525. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 20 Sep. 2018 Don’t miss the bone marrow with bacon jam or the fries cooked in beef tallow. Kate Washington, sacbee, "With a Burning Man vibe, Backbone Café taps into the current 'clean-eating' craze," 27 Apr. 2018 Think Paul Kahan’s perfect fries soaked in beef tallow or Jason Vincent’s shattering onion rings with a side of sticky barbecue ribs at Giant, for example. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Daisies in Logan Square makes the case for dad food," 3 Aug. 2017 But read the label: this study from the University of Vermont, says tallow, which is derived from animal fatty acids, is what keeps deer away. Larell Scardelli, Good Housekeeping, "5 Totally Humane Ways To Keep Deer Out Of Your Garden," 20 Mar. 2017 Rendering plants take slaughterhouse animal tissues and converts them into stable, usable materials like purified fats such as lard or tallow. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Drug used to put dogs down causes recall of Gravy Train, other dog food brands," 16 Feb. 2018 And any journalist or reader who cares about fairness, facts, and consistency should be concerned about this slippery slope greased with the tallow of good intentions. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "It's not my job to pass judgment on a chef's character | Craig LaBan," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tallow


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tallow


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

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English Language Learners Definition of tallow

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


tal·​low | \ ˈta-lō How to pronounce tallow (audio) \

Kids Definition of tallow

: a white solid fat of cattle and sheep used mostly in making candles and soap


tal·​low | \ ˈtal-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w) How to pronounce tallow (audio) \

Medical Definition of tallow

: 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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