One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A natural greasy substance in sheep's wool.
- ‘To eliminate the suint, the wool is put into a concentrated soda bath, and it comes out of it entirely clean.’
- ‘A rapid method for estimation of suint is now available, which should be useful in the identification of sheep resistant to fleece rot.’
- ‘When the erector muscle contracts, the outer coat hairs stand up to trap the air and cause pressure on the sebaceous gland releasing the suint.’
- ‘This utilization of wool grease and suint is mainly practised in France, Belgium, and Germany, and in these countries this is done chiefly to prevent the pollution of the streams.’
- ‘It is further seen that the amounts of wool-fat and suint are considerably less in the slipe wools; this is only to be expected, for in the washing of the skins these matters are removed.’
Late 18th century: from French, from suer ‘sweat’.
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