catgut

noun

cat·​gut ˈkat-ˌgət How to pronounce catgut (audio)
: a tough cord made usually from sheep intestines

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The sound of air expanding the cavity in my chest and then being forced out past the catgut of my vocal chords — that was the sound my mother heard. Maureen Stanton, Longreads, 17 Jan. 2020 In the 1800s, some began to make and sell lacrosse sticks — made from wood, catgut and leather — to outsiders. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 23 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of catgut was in 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Catgut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catgut. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

catgut

noun

cat·​gut -ˌgət How to pronounce catgut (audio)
: a tough cord made from intestines of animals (as sheep) and used for strings of musical instruments and rackets and for sewing in surgery

Medical Definition

catgut

noun

cat·​gut -ˌgət How to pronounce catgut (audio)
: a tough cord made usually from sheep intestines and used especially for sutures in closing wounds

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