Gut

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Description

A thin, tough product made from cured strips of animal intestines. The intestines are cleaned, soaked in an alkali solution then shaped and cured. Sheep gut are used as strings for musical instruments, bowstrings, racquet cords, and medical sutures. Gut from oxen are used to make goldbeater's skin.

Synonyms and Related Terms

catgut

Authority

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 165
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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