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tall oil

[tahl] /tɑl/
a resinous secondary product resulting from the manufacture of chemical wood pulp: used in the manufacture of soaps, paints, etc.
Origin of tall oil
1925-30; < Swedish tallolja, equivalent to tall pine (cognate with Old Norse thǫll young pine tree) + olja oil Unabridged
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  • The heat of the tall oil lamp almost scorched her face; but her back was freezing.

    Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • The sun went down and wax candles were brought, instead of the tall oil lamps that were used on ordinary days.


    F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for tall oil

tall oil

any of various oily liquid mixtures obtained by acidifying the liquor resulting from the treatment of wood pulp with sodium hydroxide: it contains chiefly rosin acids and fatty acids and is used in making soaps and lubricants
Word Origin
C20: partial translation of German Tallöl, from Swedish tallolja, from tall pine + oljaoil
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