neat's-foot oil


: a pale yellow fatty oil made especially from the bones of cattle and used chiefly as a leather dressing

Word History

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neat's-foot oil was in 1639

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“Neat's-foot oil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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