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TALLOW TREE

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Originally appearing in Volume V26, Page 379 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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TALLOW TREE, in botany, the popular name of a small tree, Stillingia sebifera, belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae, a native of China, but cultivated in India and other warm countries. The seeds are thickly coated with a white greasy abstance—so-caned vegetable tallow—from which candles are stoves which warmed the houses of parliament. On the 16th of made, and which is also used in soap-making and dressing cloth. The butter tree or tallow tree of Sierra Leone is Pentadesma butyracea, a member of the family Guttiferae. The fruit, which is 4 to 5 in. long and about 3 in. in diameter, has a thick fleshy rind abounding in a yellow greasy juice.
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