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Definition of sprue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the waste piece on a casting (as of metal or plastic) left by the hole through which the mold was filled
2 : the hole in which a sprue forms


noun (2)

Definition of sprue (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a disease of tropical regions that is of unknown cause and is characterized by fatty diarrhea and malabsorption of nutrients

called also tropical sprue

First Known Use of sprue

Noun (1)

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sprue

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

Dutch spruw; akin to Middle Low German sprūwe, a kind of tumor

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“Sprue.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprue. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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