1. A colorless, odorless, tasteless ester of glycerol and stearic acid, C3H5(C18H35O2)3, found in most animal and vegetable fats and used in the manufacture of soaps, candles, and adhesives and for textile sizing. Also called tristearin.
2. The solid form of fat.
3. Earlier, similar properties had been found in stearin.
4. An oil is produced by pressing the white kernel of the nut which is used for cooking when fresh, and by pressure affords stearin, which is made into candles, the liquid being used for lamps.
5. Tallow (stearin) is a beef fat that is a common component of most soaps.