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.

Definitions of lard
  1. noun
    soft white semisolid fat obtained by rendering the fatty tissue of the hog
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    type of:
    edible fat
    oily or greasy matter making up the bulk of fatty tissue in animals and in seeds and other plant tissue
  2. verb
    prepare or cook with lard
    lard meat”
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    type of:
    cook, fix, make, prepare, ready
    prepare for eating by applying heat
  3. verb
    add details to
    synonyms: aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, pad
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    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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