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- n. A mouse-like creature which, according to folklore, Dutch women who sit over stoves give birth to.
- n. An abortive scheme.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of false birth, fabled to be produced by Dutch women from sitting over their stoves; also, an abortion, in a figurative sense; an abortive scheme.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of false birth fabled to be produced by Dutch women from sitting over their stoves (Johnson)′ , hence, an abortive scheme or attempt.
Compare German dialect suttern to boil gently. (Wiktionary)
To suffocate him as a monster, or a sooterkin, seemed the only punishment of which he was worthy.