cat·​gut | \ ˈkat-ˌgət \

Definition of catgut

: a tough cord made usually from sheep intestines

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In the 1800s, some began to make and sell lacrosse sticks — made from wood, catgut and leather — to outsiders. Christina Tkacik,, "The Mohawks who made Maryland's lacrosse sticks," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of catgut

1599, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of catgut

: a tough cord made from the intestines of animals (such as sheep) and used as strings for musical instruments, tennis rackets, etc.


cat·​gut | \ ˈkat-ˌgət \

Kids Definition of catgut

: a tough cord made from intestines of animals (as sheep) and used for strings of musical instruments and rackets and for sewing in surgery


cat·​gut | \ -ˌgət \

Medical Definition of catgut

: a tough cord made usually from sheep intestines and used especially for sutures in closing wounds

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