Definition of stearin in English:

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stearin

Pronunciation: /ˈstɪərɪn/

noun

[mass noun]
1A white crystalline substance which is the main constituent of tallow and suet. It is a glyceryl ester of stearic acid.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with stearin

Kirin

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