noun (1)
\ ˈket \
plural ket

Definition of ket

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 dialectal, British
a : carrion
b : filth, rubbish
2 dialectal, British : a good-for-nothing person


noun (2)
\ " \
plural ket

Definition of ket (Entry 2 of 4)

: a fleece of wool


noun (3)
\ " \
plural Ket or Kets

Definition of Ket (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : a people of the middle Yenisei region of Siberia
b : a member of such people
2 : the Yeniseian language of the Ket people
variants: or keto-

Definition of ket- (Entry 4 of 4)

1 usually keto-
a : containing the ketone group keto hexose in names of classes of compounds — compare ald-
b : containing a ketone group regarded as formed by replacement of two hydrogen atoms in a methylene group by oxygen in names of specific organic compounds ketopropionic acid — compare ox-
c usually italic : containing an unmodified ketone group in names of open-chain ketonic forms of specific sugars keto-d-fructose — compare aldehydo- sense 1
2 : related to a ketone ketoxime — compare ald-

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History and Etymology for ket

Noun (1)

Middle English, flesh, meat, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kjöt flesh, meat, Old Swedish köt, kiot, kiöt; perhaps akin to Sanskrit guda bowel, rectum

Noun (2)

probably alteration of cot entry 3

Combining form

International Scientific Vocabulary, from ketone

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“Ket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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