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tallow tree

a small tree, Sapium sebiferum, of the spurge family, cultivated in China and the tropics, having popcorn-shaped seeds with a waxy coating that is used for soap, candles, and oil.
Origin of tallow tree
1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Of equal value and more curious is the tallow-tree, which lights the whole of the empire.

    The War Tiger Wiliam Dalton
  • Among the exotics we observed the Australian gum-tree and the Chinese tallow-tree, large and thrifty in both instances.

    Due West Maturin Murray Ballou
  • Such is the case with the natural order Euphorbiace√¶, or spurge family, to which the tallow-tree of China belongs.

  • Here is the chandler's, gay with candles of the tallow-tree coated with colored wax.

  • The Chinese make their candles from the tallow obtained from the seeds and capsules of the tallow-tree.

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