a resinous liquid obtained as a byproduct in the manufacture of chemical wood pulp: it is used in the manufacture of soap, varnishes, linoleum, etc.
Origin of tall oilhalf-transl. of German tallöl, half-transl. of Swedish tallolja, literally , pine oil ; from tall, pine ; from Old Norse thǫll, young fir (; from Indo-European base an unverified form tal-, to sprout from source tailor) + Swedish olja, oil ; from Middle Low German olie ; from Vulgar Latin olium, for Classical Latin oleum, oil
A resinous oily liquid composed of a mixture of rosin acids and fatty acids obtained as a byproduct in the treatment of pine pulp and used in soaps, emulsions, and lubricants.
Origin of tall oilPartial translation of German Tall&odie;l, from partial translation of Swedish tallolja : tall, pine (from Old Norse th&odie;ll, young pine tree) + olja, oil.