Etymology
Advertisement

catgut (n.)

"dried, twisted intestines used for strings of musical instruments," 1590s, perhaps altered from *kitgut, and from obsolete kit (n.2) "fiddle" + gut (n.). It was made from the intestines of sheep, not cats.

updated on October 22, 2017

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of catgut from WordNet

catgut (n.)
perennial subshrub of eastern North America having downy leaves yellowish and rose flowers and; source of rotenone;
Synonyms: goat's rue / wild sweet pea / Tephrosia virginiana
catgut (n.)
a strong cord made from the intestines of sheep and used in surgery;
Synonyms: gut
From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.