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

First recorded in 1695–1705
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Examples from the Web for tallow tree

  • Of equal value and more curious is the tallow-tree, which lights the whole of the empire.

    The War Tiger|Wiliam Dalton
  • The Chinese make their candles from the tallow obtained from the seeds and capsules of the tallow-tree.

  • Such is the case with the natural order Euphorbiaceæ, or spurge family, to which the tallow-tree of China belongs.

  • 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