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tutty

[tuht-ee]
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noun
  1. an impure oxide of zinc obtained from the flues of smelting furnaces, or a similar substance occurring as a native mineral, used chiefly as a polishing powder.

Origin of tutty

1350–1400; Middle English tutie < Middle French < Medieval Latin tūtia < Arabic tūtiyā oxide of zinc < Persian < Sanskrit tuttham blue vitriol
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Examples from the Web for tutty

Historical Examples

  • Melt the wax with the lard over a gentle fire, and sprinkle in the tutty, continually stirring them till the ointment is cold.

  • But look here, Tutty,” says I, “just what sort of enterprise do you think you can direct?

    Odd Numbers</p>

    Sewell Ford

  • Say, Tutty,” says I, “do you really mean to put over a bluff the size of that?

    Odd Numbers</p>

    Sewell Ford

  • This was the impure protoxide of zinc deposited in the furnace outlets, and is modern "tutty."

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Mr. Tutty officiated in the open air until the necessary church accommodation could be obtained.


British Dictionary definitions for tutty

tutty

noun
  1. finely powdered impure zinc oxide obtained from the flues of zinc-smelting furnaces and used as a polishing powder

Word Origin

C14: from Old French tutie, from Arabic tūtiyā, probably from Persian, from Sanskrit tuttha
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