suint

suint

[soo-int, swint]
noun
the natural grease of the wool of sheep, consisting of a mixture of fatty matter and potassium salts, used as a source of potash and in the preparation of ointments.

Origin:
1785–95; < French, Middle French, equivalent to su(er) to sweat (< Latin sūdāre; see sweat) + -in suffix of mass nouns (as in crottin dung); -t after oint, past participle of oindre to rub with oil, anoint

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suint (ˈsuːɪnt, swɪnt)
 
n
a water-soluble substance found in the fleece of sheep, consisting of peptides, organic acids, metal ions, and inorganic cations and formed from dried perspiration
 
[C18: from French suer to sweat, from Latin sūdāre]

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