Definition of suint in English:



mass noun
  • A natural greasy substance in sheep's wool.

    • ‘To eliminate the suint, the wool is put into a concentrated soda bath, and it comes out of it entirely clean.’
    • ‘This utilization of wool grease and suint is mainly practised in France, Belgium, and Germany, and in these countries this is done chiefly to prevent the pollution of the streams.’
    • ‘It is further seen that the amounts of wool-fat and suint are considerably less in the slipe wools; this is only to be expected, for in the washing of the skins these matters are removed.’
    • ‘A rapid method for estimation of suint is now available, which should be useful in the identification of sheep resistant to fleece rot.’
    • ‘When the erector muscle contracts, the outer coat hairs stand up to trap the air and cause pressure on the sebaceous gland releasing the suint.’


Late 18th century from French, from suer ‘sweat’.