from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lotion or wash applied to the fleece or skin of sheep, either to kill vermin or to preserve the wool.
- n. A sheep-washing (preparatory to sheep-shearing), or the feast held on that occasion.
- n. Also sheep-dip.
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The consumption of tobacco is great in this colony, not only for personal use, but for sheep-wash; and the profits may be considerably greater for the lower leaves, which, owing to their gritty nature, cannot be manufactured, but may be advantageously cured for wash.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
One forgets things; but, unless I'm mistaken, the particular sheep-wash used was made up of lemonade, syrups, ink -- plenty of that -- milk (I bought a quart myself), tooth-powder, paraffin, and a cake of Sapolio -- Monkey Brand!
I mind that summer well, for 'twere a fearful hot one, and Joey Garland and me taught ourselves to swim in the sheep-wash down in Mayo's Meads.
But for many years the product was rank, coarse, and fitter for sheep-wash than for any other purpose.
One year two millions of pounds were raised in the State, and, as it was mostly sold for sheep-wash, it lasted several years, and discouraged the growers.
He had raised it as a crop for fifteen years; and before he perfected his new process, he was able usually to select the best of his crop for smoking-tobacco, and sold the remainder for sheep-wash.