A tough, thin cord made from the dried intestines of herbivore animals, such as sheep. Catgut is made by cleaning and soaking the gut in an alkali solution, then it is spilt, graded and drawn through holes or twisted to form strong, durable cords. They are used in stringing musical instruments, tennis rackets, and surgical sutures.
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