Common name for urine. Urine, primarily composed of urea, was sometimes used in dyeing and tanning. Sig water was originally the name for a solution of stale urine. Now the term is used for a solution of soda ash, borax, or ammonia use to prepare the surface of leather for dyeing.
Synonyms and Related Terms
sig water; urine
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- Susan E. Schur, Conservation Terminology: A review of Past & Current Nomenclature of Materials, Technology and Conservation, Spring (p.34-39); Summer (p.35-38); Fall (p.25-36), 1985
- Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982