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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The solid form of fat.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol. Chem.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Solid fat
  • noun organic chemistry The triglyceride of stearic acid

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

  • noun an ester of glycerol and stearic acid

Etymologies

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

[French stéarine : Greek stear, tallow; see stāi- in Indo-European roots + French -ine, -in.]

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From French stéarine, from Ancient Greek στέαρ (stéar, "fat").

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