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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: perennial subshrub of eastern North America having downy leaves yellowish and rose flowers and; source of rotenone [syn: catgut, goat's rue, wild sweet pea, Tephrosia virginiana]
2: a strong cord made from the intestines of sheep and used in surgery [syn: catgut, gut]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1599 a tough cord made usually from sheep intestines

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a material used for the strings of musical instruments and surgical sutures, made of the twisted intestines of the sheep, horse, or ass (but not the cat).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Catgut Cat"gut`, n. [Cat + gut.] 1. A cord of great toughness made from the intestines of animals, esp. of sheep, used for strings of musical instruments, etc. 2. A sort of linen or canvas, with wide interstices.



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