From Middle Dutch smalt, smout (“melted animal fat; oil”), an ablaut of the stem of the verb smelten (“to melt, to smelt”). Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *smalta-. Initially the word only meant "melted animal fat", but its meaning extended to mean "any type of oil or solidified fat" as well. Cognate with German Schmalz (“grease, lard”), Luxembourgish Schmalz (“lard”).
- melted and solidified animal fat
- any type of melted and solidified fat
- (rare) any type of oil
- type of melted and solidified lard, often sweetened with sugar or another additive, used as bread spread