a white, crystalline substance, glyceryl stearate, (CHO)CH, found in the solid portion of most animal and vegetable fats and used in soaps, adhesives, textile sizes, etc.
Origin of stearinFrench stéarine: see stearic and amp; -ine
- See tristearin.
- The solid form of fat.
Origin of stearinFrench stéarine : Greek stear, tallow; see stai- in Indo-European roots + French -ine, -in.
(usually uncountable, plural stearins)
From French stÃ©arine, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„ÎÎ±Ï (stÃ©ar, “fat").