Lard is rendered animal fat that's used for cooking. Although many bakers use butter or vegetable shortening in their pie crust, others swear by the rich flavor of lard.

Lard is a white fat that comes from pigs. In some places, it's not uncommon to spread lard on bread instead of butter, and many cooks appreciate its ability to get extremely hot without burning and its savory flavor. Lard is also commonly used as a verb to mean "fill with unnecessary details," the way a student might lard an essay with impressive vocabulary words to disguise the fact that it was hastily written right before class.

Primary Meanings of lard

soft white semisolid fat obtained by rendering the fatty tissue of the hog
prepare or cook with lard
add details to
Full Definitions of lard

n soft white semisolid fat obtained by rendering the fatty tissue of the hog

Type of:
edible fat
oily or greasy matter making up the bulk of fatty tissue in animals and in seeds and other plant tissue

v prepare or cook with lard

lard meat”
Type of:
cook, fix, make, prepare, ready
prepare for eating by applying heat

v add details to

aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, pad
cause to seem more splendid
Type of:
amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

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