Meaning of “catgut” in the English Dictionary

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"catgut" in British English

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catgutnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkæt.ɡʌt/ us /ˈkæt.ɡʌt/

Examples from literature

  • It consists of a rectangular box with two sounding boards, each provided with eight catgut strings. 
  • Ligature. A cord or catgut tied around a blood-vessel to arrest hemorrhage. 
  • So the surgeon laid bare the main artery by a longitudinal incision and tied it up with catgut to prevent excessive loss of blood. 
  • The catgut strings of the harps of three thousand years ago are still capable of giving a musical sound. 
  • The strings are of a peculiar metal, covered with an insulating material, which has for its object the production of sounds similar to that obtained from catgut strings, and to prevent the strings from falling out of tune. 

(Definition of “catgut” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)