From Middle English talwe, talugh, taluȝ, talgh, from Old English *tealh, *tealg, (compare Old English tælg, telg (“dye”)), from Proto-Germanic *talgaz (compare Dutch talg, German Talg), from Proto-Indo-European *del- (“flow”) (compare Middle Irish delt (“dew”), Old Armenian տեղ (teł, “heavy rain”)).
- A hard animal fat obtained from suet, etc.; used in cooking as well as to make candles, soap and lubricants.
- 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 240:
- "I have got a very fine shirt, which I am going to use for my wedding shirt; but there are three tallow stains on it which I want washed out[.]"
- 1929, M. Barnard Eldershaw, A House Is Built, chapter VIII, section ii:
- To grease or smear with tallow.
- To cause to have a large quantity of tallow; to fatten.
- to tallow sheep