- 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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Of equal value and more curious is the tallow-tree, which lights the whole of the empire.The War Tiger
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
Such is the case with the natural order Euphorbiaceæ, or spurge family, to which the tallow-tree of China belongs.
Here is the chandler's, gay with candles of the tallow-tree coated with colored wax.
The Chinese make their candles from the tallow obtained from the seeds and capsules of the tallow-tree.Popular Technology, Vol. I (of 2)