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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless, odorless, tasteless ester of glycerol and stearic acid, C3H5(C18H35O2)3, found in most animal and vegetable fats and used in the manufacture of soaps, candles, and adhesives and for textile sizing. Also called tristearin.
  • n. The solid form of fat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Solid fat
  • n. The triglyceride of stearic acid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the constituents of animal fats and also of some vegetable fats, as the butter of cacao. It is especially characterized by its solidity, so that when present in considerable quantity it materially increases the hardness, or raises the melting point, of the fat, as in mutton tallow. Chemically, it is a compound of glyceryl with three molecules of stearic acid, and hence is technically called tristearin, or glyceryl tristearate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ether or glyceride, C3H5O3(C18H35O2)3, formed by the combination of stearic acid and glycerin.
  • n. A popular name for stearic acid as used in making candles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ester of glycerol and stearic acid

Etymologies

French stéarine : Greek stear, tallow; + French -ine, -in.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French stéarine, from Ancient Greek στέαρ (stéar, "fat"). (Wiktionary)

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