the hard fatty tissue about the loins and kidneys of beef, sheep, etc., used in cooking or processed to yield tallow.

1350–1400; Middle English sewet < Anglo-French *suet, equivalent to su-, sew (< Latin sēbum tallow) + -et -et

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suet (ˈsuːɪt, ˈsjuːɪt)
a hard waxy fat around the kidneys and loins in sheep, cattle, etc, used in cooking and making tallow
[C14: from Old French seu, from Latin sēbum]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "solid fat formed in the torsos of cattle and sheep," probably from an Anglo-Fr. diminutive of sius, the nominative use of sue, seu "tallow, grease," from O.Fr. sieu "tallow," from L. sebum "tallow, grease."
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Example sentences
We learn that even urban sophisticates will trudge into the park in midwinter
  to put out seeds and suet.
For some reason, the neighborhood's resident sapsuckers almost never use my
  suet feeder.
Suet is the name given to fat which lies about the loins and kidneys.
Convincing the woodpecker to use this might be difficult, but a suet feeder
  nearby might do the trick.
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