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[soo-it] /ˈsu ɪt/
the hard fatty tissue about the loins and kidneys of beef, sheep, etc., used in cooking or processed to yield tallow.
Origin of suet
1350-1400; Middle English sewet < Anglo-French *suet, equivalent to su-, sew (< Latin sēbum tallow) + -et -et
Related forms
suety, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suet
  • We learn that even urban sophisticates will trudge into the park in midwinter to put out seeds and suet.
  • There are many items need to be modified to suet it's duty.
  • 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.
  • suet feeders hold bricks of suet in a metal or mesh basket.
  • Commercial suet feeders are available and inexpensive.
  • Bird feeders come in many shapes and sizes from shelf feeders to log feeders, suet to traditional styles.
  • If you offer suet at your feeder, flickers may become regular visitors.
  • Starlings also eat fruit, seeds and suet at bird feeders, and food scraps.
British Dictionary definitions for suet


/ˈsuːɪt; ˈsjuːɪt/
a hard waxy fat around the kidneys and loins in sheep, cattle, etc, used in cooking and making tallow
Derived Forms
suety, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French seu, from Latin sēbum
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Word Origin and History for suet

late 14c., "solid fat formed in the torsos of cattle and sheep," probably from an Anglo-French diminutive of sius, the nominative use of sue, seu "tallow, grease," from Old French sieu "tallow," from Latin sebum "tallow, grease" (see sebum).

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