See also: süet and süt

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Etymology edit

From Middle English suet, sewet, borrowed from Anglo-Norman suet, siuet, from Old French seu, from Latin sebum.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈs(j)uːɪt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪt

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suet (countable and uncountable, plural suets)

  1. The fatty tissue that surrounds and protects the kidneys; that of sheep and cattle is used in cooking and in making tallow.
    • 1607, Edward Topsell, “Of Cowes”, in The Historie of Fovre-footed Beastes. [], London: [] William Iaggard, →OCLC, page 83:
      [T]he ſevvet of oxen [] is alſo good againſt the inflammation of the eares, the ſtupidity and dulneſſe of the teeth, the running of the eyes, the vlcers and rimes of the mouth, and ſtiffneſſe of the neck.
    • 1996, Laura Erickson, Sharing the Wonder of Birds with Kids:
      Many seed-eating birds also need animal fat and protein which they obtain from insects, animal carcasses, and suet.
    • 1998, Alan Pistorius, Everything You Need to Know About Birding and Backyard Bird Attraction:
      Some jays, chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice regularly feed at suet; others seem never to indulge.

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suet m (plural suets)

  1. (nautical) southeast
  2. (nautical) southeasterly (wind)

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  1. third-person singular future active indicative of suō

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Etymology 1 edit

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman suet, siuet, diminutive of seu, from Latin sēbum.

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suet (uncountable)

  1. suet
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  • English: suet
  • Scots: shuet
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  1. Alternative form of sute