[soo-int, swint]


the natural grease of the wool of sheep, consisting of a mixture of fatty matter and potassium salts, used as a source of potash and in the preparation of ointments.

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Origin of suint

1785–95; < French, Middle French, equivalent to su(er) to sweat (< Latin sūdāre; see sweat) + -in suffix of mass nouns (as in crottin dung); -t after oint, past participle of oindre to rub with oil, anoint Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suint



a water-soluble substance found in the fleece of sheep, consisting of peptides, organic acids, metal ions, and inorganic cations and formed from dried perspiration

Word Origin for suint

C18: from French suer to sweat, from Latin sūdāre

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