suint

[ soo-int, swint ]

noun
  1. 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.

Origin of suint

1
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

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suint

/ (ˈsuːɪnt, swɪnt) /


noun
  1. 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

Origin of suint

1
C18: from French suer to sweat, from Latin sūdāre

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