\ ˈbyüt How to pronounce bute (audio) \

Definition of bute

 (Entry 1 of 2)


geographical name
\ ˈbyüt How to pronounce Bute (audio) \

Definition of Bute (Entry 2 of 2)

1 island of southwestern Scotland west of the Firth of Clyde
2 or Buteshire \ ˈbyüt-​ˌshir How to pronounce Buteshire (audio) , -​shər \ former county of southwestern Scotland comprising several islands in the Firth of Clyde; capital Rothesay (on Bute)

Examples of bute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In most states, both Lasix, an anti-bleeding drug, and the anti-inflammatory Phenylbutazone, known as bute, are allowed on race day. CBS News, "Horse racing reaches critical moment after rash of deaths," 30 Nov. 2019 Epicharis received a treatment of the legal anti-inflammatory Phenylbutazone, or bute, on Wednesday for what was described as lameness in his right front leg. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "Belmont Stakes up for grabs to end uneven Triple Crown," 9 June 2017 Epicharis was treated intravenously with Butazolidin, commonly known as bute, on Wednesday night, according to veterinary records from the New York State Gaming Commission. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "Japanese horse Epicharis treated for lameness before Belmont," 8 June 2017

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Bute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bute. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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