from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An impure zinc oxide obtained as a sublimate from the flues of zinc-smelting furnaces and used as a polishing powder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A powdered form of impure zinc oxide used for polishing
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A yellow or brown amorphous substance obtained as a sublimation product in the flues of smelting furnaces of zinc, and consisting of a crude zinc oxide.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nose gay; a posy.
- n. Impure zinc protoxid, collected from the chimneys of smelting-furnaces.
Middle English tutie, from Old French, from Arabic tūtīyā, from Persian, from Sanskrit tuttham, blue vitriol, probably of Dravidian origin; akin to Kannada tutta.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French tutie; compare Spanish tutia, atutia, Latin tutia; all from Persian. (Wiktionary)