from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. Any of various similar fats, such as those obtained from plants.
- transitive v. To smear or cover with tallow.
- transitive v. To fatten (animals) in order to obtain tallow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a hard animal fat obtained from suet etc.; used to make candles, soap and lubricants
- v. To grease or smear with tallow.
- v. To cause to have a large quantity of tallow; to fatten.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The suet or fat of animals of the sheep and ox kinds, separated from membranous and fibrous matter by melting.
- n. The fat of some other animals, or the fat obtained from certain plants, or from other sources, resembling the fat of animals of the sheep and ox kinds.
- transitive v. To grease or smear with tallow.
- transitive v. To cause to have a large quantity of tallow; to fatten.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The harder and less fusible fats melted and separated from the fibrous or membranous matter which is naturally mixed with them.
- Pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling tallow: as, a tallow cake; a tallow dip.
- To grease or smear with tallow.
- To fatten; cause to have a large quantity of tallow: as, to tallow sheep.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. obtained from suet and used in making soap, candles and lubricants
Middle English talow.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English talgh, talow, from Old English taluh, talugh, from Proto-Germanic *talgō, *talgan (compare Dutch talk, German Talg), from Proto-Indo-European *del- (“flow”) (compare Middle Irish delt ("dew"), Old Armenian տեղ (teł, "heavy rain")). (Wiktionary)