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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Examples from the Web for tutty
Historical Examples of tutty
Melt the wax with the lard over a gentle fire, and sprinkle in the tutty, continually stirring them till the ointment is cold.
But look here, Tutty,” says I, “just what sort of enterprise do you think you can direct?
Say, Tutty,” says I, “do you really mean to put over a bluff the size of that?
This was the impure protoxide of zinc deposited in the furnace outlets, and is modern "tutty."
Mr. Tutty officiated in the open air until the necessary church accommodation could be obtained.
British Dictionary definitions for tutty
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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