- 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
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").