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Definition of "tallow" []

  • Hard fat obtained from parts of the bodies of cattle, sheep, or horses, and used in foodstuffs or to make candles, leather dressing, soap, and lubricants. (noun)
  • Any of various similar fats, such as those obtained from plants. (noun)
  • To smear or cover with tallow. (verb-transitive)
  • To fatten (animals) in order to obtain tallow. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tallow" in a sentence
  • "All the fat of the inwards, that which we call the tallow and suet, with the caul that encloses it and the kidneys in the midst of it, were to be taken away, and burnt upon the altar, as an offering made by fire, v. 3-5."
  • "His first foot-gear was moccasins, his first taffy the tallow from a moose."
  • "Rendered beef fat is called tallow, and pork fat lard."