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1. Hard fat obtained from parts of the bodies of cattle or sheep, used in foodstuffs or to make leather dressing, soap, and lubricants, and formerly used to make candles.
2. Any of various similar fats, such as those obtained from plants.
tr.v. tal·lowed, tal·low·ing, tal·lows
1. To smear or cover with tallow.
2. To fatten (animals) in order to obtain tallow.
[Middle English talghe, talowe, either borrowed from Middle Low German talch or descended directly from Old English *tealg-, both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *talga-; probably akin to Gothic tulgus, firm, solid, and Old English tulge, firmly, very.]
(Chemistry) 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
[Old English tælg, a dye; related to Middle Low German talch tallow, Dutch talk, Icelandic tólg]
n., v. -lowed, -low•ing. n.
1. the hard, rendered fat of sheep and cattle, used to make candles and soap.
2. any similar fatty substances, esp. vegetable tallow.v.t.
3. to smear with tallow.
[1300–50; Middle English talow, talgh, c. Middle Low German talg, talch]
Past participle: tallowed
Rendered fat of cattle and sheep.
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|Noun||1.||tallow - obtained from suet and used in making soap, candles and lubricants|
animal oil - any oil obtained from animal substances
beef tallow - tallow obtained from a bovine animal
dubbin - tallow mixed with oil; used to make leather soft and waterproof
mutton tallow - tallow from the body of a mature sheep