from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The internal fat of the body, especially of pigs and geese; fat; lard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Pharm.) Fat; grease; esp. the fat of pigs or geese

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Fat; grease; especially the fat of pigs or geese; usually (Pharm.), lard prepared for medical use.


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  • Lard prepared for medical use.

    August 2, 2007

  • What medical use‽

    August 2, 2007

  • Why, to make mercurial ointment, of course: "In the old formula for making mercurial ointment, the quicksilver is merely directed to be rubbed with the axunge and suet until it be killed, which is nearly impossible. . ."

    from The Edinborugh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1805

    August 2, 2007

  • That's exactly what I thought until I looked it up, trivet. Clearly, it isn't on the top of list on today's prescription drug formularies! :-)

    August 2, 2007