Tallow tree
Tallow Tal"low, n. [OE. taluh, talugh; akin to OD. talgh, D. talk, G., Dan. and Sw. talg, Icel. t[=o]lgr, t[=o]lg, t[=o]lk; and perhaps to Goth. tulgus firm.] 1. The suet or fat of animals of the sheep and ox kinds, separated from membranous and fibrous matter by melting. [1913 Webster]

Note: The solid consistency of tallow is due to the large amount of stearin it contains. See {Fat}. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

{Tallow candle}, a candle made of tallow.

{Tallow catch}, a keech. See {Keech}. [Obs.]

{Tallow chandler}, one whose occupation is to make, or to sell, tallow candles.

{Tallow chandlery}, the trade of a tallow chandler; also, the place where his business is carried on.

{Tallow tree} (Bot.), a tree ({Stillingia sebifera}) growing in China, the seeds of which are covered with a substance which resembles tallow and is applied to the same purposes. [1913 Webster]


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  • tallow tree — noun 1. : chinese tallow tree 2. : candlenut 2 * * * a small tree, Sapium sebiferum, of the spurge family, cultivated in China and the tropics, having popcorn shaped seeds with a waxy coating that is used for soap, candles, and oil. [1695 1705] * …   Useful english dictionary

  • tallow tree — a small tree, Sapium sebiferum, of the spurge family, cultivated in China and the tropics, having popcorn shaped seeds with a waxy coating that is used for soap, candles, and oil. [1695 1705] * * * ▪ Sapium sebiferum  (Sapium sebiferum), small… …   Universalium

  • tallow tree — noun a tree with fatty seeds from which vegetable tallow or other oils are extracted. [Sapium sebiferum (E. Asia) and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

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  • chinese tallow tree — noun Usage: usually capitalized C : an Asiatic tree (Sapium sebiferum or Stillingia sebifera) that yields a hard wood used for engraving and from its seeds a drying oil and vegetable tallow called also stillingia; see chinese tallow …   Useful english dictionary

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  • american vegetable-tallow tree — noun Usage: usually capitalized A : wax myrtle …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tallow — Tal low, n. [OE. taluh, talugh; akin to OD. talgh, D. talk, G., Dan. and Sw. talg, Icel. t[=o]lgr, t[=o]lg, t[=o]lk; and perhaps to Goth. tulgus firm.] 1. The suet or fat of animals of the sheep and ox kinds, separated from membranous and fibrous …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tallow candle — Tallow Tal low, n. [OE. taluh, talugh; akin to OD. talgh, D. talk, G., Dan. and Sw. talg, Icel. t[=o]lgr, t[=o]lg, t[=o]lk; and perhaps to Goth. tulgus firm.] 1. The suet or fat of animals of the sheep and ox kinds, separated from membranous and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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