[ tal-oh ]
/ ˈtæl oʊ /


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.

verb (used with object)

to smear with tallow.


Origin of tallow

1300–50; Middle English talow, talgh; cognate with German Talg

Related forms

un·tal·lowed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tallow


/ (ˈtæləʊ) /


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

Derived Forms

tallowy, adjective

Word Origin for tallow

Old English tælg, a dye; related to Middle Low German talch tallow, Dutch talk, Icelandic tólg
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