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tallow

noun tal·low \ ˈta-(ˌ)lō \
|Updated on: 23 May 2018

Definition of tallow

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

tallowy

play \ˈta-lə-wē\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of tallow

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

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tallow

verb

Definition of tallow

tallowed; tallowing; tallows
: to grease or smear with tallow

First Known Use of tallow

15th century

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TALLOW Defined for English Language Learners

tallow

Definition of tallow for English Language Learners

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


TALLOW Defined for Kids

tallow

noun tal·low \ ˈta-lō \

Definition of tallow for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

tallow

noun tal·low \ ˈtal-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w) \

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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