tallow

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English talgh, talow, from Old English taluh, talugh, from Proto-Germanic *talgō, *talgą (compare Dutch talk, German Talg), from Proto-Indo-European *del- (flow) (compare Middle Irish delt (dew), Old Armenian տեղ (teł, heavy rain)).

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Noun[edit]

tallow (uncountable)

  1. a hard animal fat obtained from suet etc.; used to make candles, soap and lubricants
    • 1929, M. Barnard Eldershaw, A House Is Built, chapter VIII, section ii:
      Nor were the wool prospects much better. The pastoral industry, which had weathered the severe depression of the early forties by recourse to boiling down the sheep for their tallow, and was now firmly re-established as the staple industry of the colony, was threatened once more with eclipse.

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Verb[edit]

tallow (third-person singular simple present tallows, present participle tallowing, simple past and past participle tallowed)

  1. To grease or smear with tallow.
  2. To cause to have a large quantity of tallow; to fatten.
    to tallow sheep