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  1. a transparent, waxy substance constituting, together with cellulose, the cuticle of plants.
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Origin of cutin

1860–65; < Latin cut(is) skin, cutis + -in2


  1. Movies. a still, as of a scene or an object, inserted in a film and interrupting the action or continuity: We will insert a cut-in of the letter as she reads it.
  2. Radio and Television. a commercial or other announcement inserted by a local station into a network broadcast.
  3. the act of cutting in, as on a dancing couple.
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Origin of cut-in

First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase cut in
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Related Words for cutin

fee, taste, chunk, juice, ante, slice, end, pay, bite, cut, percentage, bonus, stipend, discount, royalty, payment, salary, compensation, indemnity, piece

Examples from the Web for cutin

Historical Examples of cutin

  • Due to the presence of cutin in the cell walls, epidermis is last to be digested.

    Comparative Ecology of Pinyon Mice and Deer Mice in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Charles L. Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for cutin


  1. a waxy waterproof substance, consisting of derivatives of fatty acids, that is the main constituent of the plant cuticle
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Word Origin for cutin

C19: from Latin cutis skin + -in
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cutin in Science


  1. A waxlike, water-repellent polyester consisting of fatty acids and aromatic compounds that occurs naturally in the walls of many plant cells. Cutin acts together with wax to form the cuticle, a barrier protecting the aboveground surfaces of plants from water loss and microbial attack.
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