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bog butter

[ bog buht-er, bawg ]

noun

, Irish, Scots.
  1. an ancient, waxy substance made of dairy or animal fat, usually contained in a bucket, barrel, or other wooden container, found buried in peat bogs, as evidence of a method of food preservation believed to have been practiced from the 16th century b.c. to the 17th century a.d.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of bog butter1

First recorded in 1860–65

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Example Sentences

Specimens of bog butter are still preserved, and may be found in the collection of the Royal Irish Academy.

Hatchettine or rock-fat is sometimes called adipocere; and bog-butter is a substance nearly similar to it.

He hoped it might be full of gold, but it only contained bog butter, which he used for greasing cart-wheels.

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