soot·​er·​kin | \ ˈsu̇tə(r)kə̇n, ˈsüt-\
plural -s

Definition of sooterkin

1 : an afterbirth formerly held to be produced by Dutch women delivered of a sooterkin not unlike to a rat— John Cleveland
2 : something that is imperfect or unsuccessful especially : an imperfect literary composition fruits of dull heat and sooterkins of wit — Alexander Pope
3 archaic : dutchman

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History and Etymology for sooterkin

probably from (assumed) Dutch dialect zoetkijn, diminutive of Dutch dialect zoet soot, from Middle Dutch soet

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