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tallow

[tal-oh] /ˈtæl oʊ/
noun
1.
the fatty tissue or suet of animals.
2.
the harder fat of sheep, cattle, etc., separated by melting from the fibrous and membranous matter naturally mixed with it, and used to make candles, soap, etc.
3.
any of various similar fatty substances:
vegetable tallow.
verb (used with object)
4.
to smear with tallow.
Origin of tallow
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English talow, talgh; cognate with German Talg
Related forms
untallowed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tallow

tallow

/ˈtæləʊ/
noun
1.
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
verb
2.
(transitive) to cover or smear with tallow
Derived Forms
tallowy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tælg, a dye; related to Middle Low German talch tallow, Dutch talk, Icelandic tólg
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Word Origin and History for tallow
n.

mid-14c., talwgh, from a form cognate with Middle Low German talg "tallow," Middle Dutch talch, from Proto-Germanic *talga-, meaning perhaps originally "firm, compact material" (cf. Gothic tulgus "firm, solid").

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