string or thread
usually made from the dried intestines of sheep, horses, etc. and used for surgical
, for stringing tennis
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Word origin of 'catgut'
parallel with Du kattedarm
, but ? altered by assoc. with cat1
< kit gut
< obs. kit
, fiddle (< ? cithara
) + gut