[ kat-guht ]

  1. a strong cord made by twisting the dried intestines of animals, as sheep, used in stringing musical instruments and tennis rackets, for surgical sutures, etc.

Origin of catgut

1590–1600; apparently cat + gut, though allusion is obscure

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British Dictionary definitions for catgut


/ (ˈkætˌɡʌt) /

  1. a strong cord made from the dried intestines of sheep and other animals that is used for stringing certain musical instruments and sports rackets, and, when sterilized, as surgical ligatures: Often shortened to: gut

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