tallow

noun
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

tallow

verb
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

Noun

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

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Pig fat residue on nearby pottery could support the idea that builders greased sledges with lard or tallow to transport the stones, a new analysis suggests. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: How pig fat built Stonehenge, inherited trauma, and an international Ebola emergency," 19 July 2019 The first phase includes the removal of nonnative trees such as the Chinese tallow from 14 acres of the park, with completion scheduled for August, according to Martin’s office. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Most of Sylvan Rodriguez Park to be restored to natural habitats," 18 July 2019 Unfortunately, the genial, addled paraplegic doesn’t have the same kind of business acumen as the no-nonsense owner of the nearby rendering plant where deceased pets, livestock, and roadkill all end up in vats to be boiled down into tallow. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Doc Talk: More moon, more Morris, more music," 18 July 2019 Common non-vegan ingredients found in clean beauty products include beeswax, honey, lanolin, and tallow. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 Pig fat residue on nearby pottery could support the idea that builders greased sledges with lard or tallow to transport the stones, a new analysis suggests. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: How pig fat built Stonehenge, inherited trauma, and an international Ebola emergency," 19 July 2019 Pig fat residue on nearby pottery could support the idea that builders greased sledges with lard or tallow to transport the stones, a new analysis suggests. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: How pig fat built Stonehenge, inherited trauma, and an international Ebola emergency," 19 July 2019 The eatery serves them up full of the flavor of beef tallow, right down to the meaty flecks stuck to the spuds. Jay Jones, Los Angeles Times, "Beef fat is oh so bad for you. But it tastes oh so good at this Vegas fries spot," 29 July 2019 Pig fat residue on nearby pottery could support the idea that builders greased sledges with lard or tallow to transport the stones, a new analysis suggests. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: How pig fat built Stonehenge, inherited trauma, and an international Ebola emergency," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of tallow

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tallow

Noun

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

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tallow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tallow

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

tallow

noun
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

tallow

noun
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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