Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The hard fatty tissues around the kidneys of cattle and sheep, used in cooking and for making tallow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fatty tissue that surrounds and protects the kidneys; that of sheep and cattle is used in cooking and in making tallow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fat and fatty tissues of an animal, especially the harder fat about the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton, which, when melted and freed from the membranes, forms tallow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fatty tissue about the loins and kidneys of certain animals, as the ox, the sheep, the goat, and the hart, harder and less fusible than that from other parts of the same animals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. hard fat around the kidneys and loins in beef and sheep

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman *suet, accusative of sue, tallow, variant of Old French sieu, from Latin sēbum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sewet, from Anglo-Norman suet, siuet, from Old French seu, from Latin sebum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Many Christmas puddings contain suet, but my mother and her mother used butter, because they found suet unappetizing.

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  • Not only does it mean vegetarians can eat it, but the word suet has developed negative connotations - many people just don't like the sound of it.

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  • Kidneys are encased in a creamy, waxy fat called suet, which is easily removed by cutting into it and then peeling it away.

    How to Cook Your Gut Pile

  • * And, as I was crumbling up the suet, which is much nicer than lard, I think, because it's so dry, I was struck by how pretty it is--very white and with a sheen to it.

    Yang Gueifei and Christmas pudding

  • Bottle of the best mincemeat available no one really wants to ask a butcher for any mystery meat called suet

    Swell Holiday

  • Place it over the fire, and when it is so hot that it will siss, oil over the bottom of the pan with a piece of suet, that is if the meat is all lean; if not, it is not necessary to grease the bottom of the pan.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) The Whole Comprising a Comprehensive Cyclopedia of Information for the Home

  • For those who really want meat in their dessert, there is an ingredient called suet that can be included in a mincemeat pie.

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  • She can get treats for her feathered friends, such as suet cakes and also all of her gardening supplies like wall o water plant protectors!

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  • Rigdon said English food generally is high in fat and cholesterol, and meat and meat-products, such as suet, figure large into the menu.

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  • Now they were all fighting over the woodpecker picnic mix as rich suet held the seeds together.

    Bird Cloud

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