One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The fat obtained from mutton; a candle made of this fat.
(Frequently hyphenated.) Designating or relating to jade of a translucent creamy white colour, highly prized by collectors.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Nott (fl. 1723–1733). From mutton + fat.
mutton fat/ˈmʌtn fat/
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