the nearly colorless and tasteless solid fat extracted from the natural fat of cattle, sheep, etc., used in making candles, soaps, lubricants, etc.
Origin of tallowMiddle English talgh, probably from Middle Low German talg, akin to Old English tælg, a color, telgan, to color, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form del-, to drip from source Middle Irish delt, dew
to cover or smear with tallow
- Hard fat obtained from parts of the bodies of cattle or sheep, used in foodstuffs or to make leather dressing, soap, and lubricants, and formerly used to make candles.
- Any of various similar fats, such as those obtained from plants.
transitive verbtal·lowed, tal·low·ing, tal·lows
- To smear or cover with tallow.
- To fatten (animals) in order to obtain tallow.
Origin of tallowMiddle English talghe, talowe either borrowed from Middle Low German talch or descended directly from Old English tealg- both ultimately from Proto-Germanic talga- probably akin to Gothic tulgus firm, solid and Old English tulge firmly, very
(third-person singular simple present tallows, present participle tallowing, simple past and past participle tallowed)