- the hard fatty tissue about the loins and kidneys of beef, sheep, etc., used in cooking or processed to yield tallow.
Origin of suet
1350–1400; Middle English sewet < Anglo-French *suet, equivalent to su-, sew (< Latin sēbum tallow) + -et -et
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- a hard waxy fat around the kidneys and loins in sheep, cattle, etc, used in cooking and making tallow
C14: from Old French seu, from Latin sēbum
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Word Origin and History for suets
late 14c., "solid fat formed in the torsos of cattle and sheep," probably from an Anglo-French diminutive of sius, the nominative use of sue, seu "tallow, grease," from Old French sieu "tallow," from Latin sebum "tallow, grease" (see sebum).
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