- the fatty tissue or suet of animals.
- 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.
- any of various similar fatty substances: vegetable tallow.
- to smear with tallow.
Origin of tallow
Examples from the Web for tallow
There was a tallow dip or two, and no other light save that of the fire.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
How glorious it would be just to eat of it, raw, tallow bacon!The Trail of '98</p>
Robert W. Service
And in 1634 he sent over for a large quantity of wicks and tallow.
This tallow is dearer than common tallow, but cheaper than wax.
They had been to Taganrog and loaded a cargo of tallow for London.The Shellback's Progress
- 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
Word Origin and History for tallow
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").