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, sheep, or horses, and used in foodstuffs or to make candles, leather dressing, soap, and lubricants.
- 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 talow.
(third-person singular simple present tallows, present participle tallowing, simple past and past participle tallowed)