1. an impure oxide of zinc obtained from the flues of smelting furnaces, or a similar substance occurring as a native mineral, used chiefly as a polishing powder.

Origin of tutty

1350–1400; Middle English tutie < Middle French < Medieval Latin tūtia < Arabic tūtiyā oxide of zinc < Persian < Sanskrit tuttham blue vitriol
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  1. finely powdered impure zinc oxide obtained from the flues of zinc-smelting furnaces and used as a polishing powder

Word Origin for tutty

C14: from Old French tutie, from Arabic tūtiyā, probably from Persian, from Sanskrit tuttha
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