cat-gut

catgut

[kat-guht]
noun
1.
a strong cord made by twisting the dried intestines of animals, as sheep, used in stringing musical instruments and tennis rackets, for surgical sutures, etc.

Origin:
1590–1600; apparently cat1 + gut, though allusion is obscure

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catgut (ˈkætˌɡʌt)
 
n
Often shortened to: gut a strong cord made from the dried intestines of sheep and other animals that is used for stringing certain musical instruments and sports rackets, and, when sterilized, as surgical ligatures

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catgut
1599, from kitgut from obsolete kit "fiddle." It was actually made from the intestines of sheep.
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catgut cat·gut (kāt'gŭt')
n.
A tough, thin cord made from the treated and stretched intestines of certain animals, especially sheep, and used for surgical ligatures.

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