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- adj. Of, pertaining to, or derived from, mutton suet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or derived from, mutton suet; -- applied by Chevreul to an oily acid which was obtained from mutton suet, and to which he attributed the peculiar taste and smell of that substance. The substance has also been called hircin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a goat: applied in chemistry to a liquid fatty substance which was believed by the discoverer to be the odorous principle of mutton-suet, and which appears to be a mixture of several homologous fatty acids.
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The flesh of the goat contains _hircic_ acid, which renders it almost uneatable, but this substance is either altogether absent from, or present but in minute proportion in, the well-flavored meat of the kid.