Definition of stearin in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈstɪərɪn


[mass noun]
  • 1A white crystalline substance which is the main constituent of tallow and suet. It is a glyceryl ester of stearic acid.
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    • Palm kernel stearin and hydrogenated palm kernel stearin can be used to prepare compound chocolate bars or coatings.
    • The proportion of stearin you will use depends on the effect you're looking for.
    • A compromise material was stearin - also known as adamantine from its resemblance to stone.
  • 1.1A mixture of fatty acids used in candle-making.
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    • Revenue authorities are flummoxed by the huge spurt in imports of palm fatty acid distillates and crude palm stearin - raw materials normally used in soap manufacture.
    • Use 10% of stearin to wax when making candles.


early 19th century: from French stéarine, from Greek stear 'tallow'.

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