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
- 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)