Definitions for tallowˈtæl oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tal•lowˈtæl oʊ(n.; v.)-lowed, -low•ing.

  1. (n.)the hard, rendered fat of sheep and cattle, used to make candles and soap.

  2. any similar fatty substances, esp. vegetable tallow.

  3. (v.t.)to smear with tallow.

Origin of tallow:

1300–50; ME talow, talgh, c. MLG talg, talch


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tallow(noun)

    obtained from suet and used in making soap, candles and lubricants


  1. tallow(Noun)

    a hard animal fat obtained from suet etc.; used to make candles, soap and lubricants

  2. tallow(Verb)

    To grease or smear with tallow.

  3. tallow(Verb)

    To cause to have a large quantity of tallow; to fatten.

    to tallow sheep

  4. Origin: talgh, talow, from taluh, talugh, from talgō (compare Dutch talk, German Talg), from del- (compare Middle Irish delt, Old Armenian տեղ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tallow(noun)

    the suet or fat of animals of the sheep and ox kinds, separated from membranous and fibrous matter by melting

  2. Tallow(noun)

    the fat of some other animals, or the fat obtained from certain plants, or from other sources, resembling the fat of animals of the sheep and ox kinds

  3. Tallow(verb)

    to grease or smear with tallow

  4. Tallow(verb)

    to cause to have a large quantity of tallow; to fatten; as, tallow sheep


  1. Tallow

    Tallow is a rendered form of beef or mutton fat, processed from suet. It is solid at room temperature. Unlike suet, tallow can be stored for extended periods without the need for refrigeration to prevent decomposition, provided it is kept in an airtight container to prevent oxidation. In industry, tallow is not strictly defined as beef or mutton fat. In this context, tallow is animal fat that conforms to certain technical criteria, including its melting point. It is common for commercial tallow to contain fat derived from other animals, such as lard from pigs, or even from plant sources.


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