Neat's-foot
Neat Neat (n[=e]t), n. sing. & pl. [AS. ne['a]t; akin to OHG. n[=o]z, Icel. naut, Sw. n["o]t, Dan. n["o]d, and to AS. ne['o]tan to make use of, G. geniessen, Goth. niutan to have a share in, have joy of, Lith. nauda use, profit.] (Zo["o]l.) Cattle of the genus {Bos}, as distinguished from horses, sheep, and goats; an animal of the genus {Bos}; as, a neat's tongue; a neat's foot. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Wherein the herds[men] were keeping of their neat. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The steer, the heifer, and the calf Are all called neat. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A neat and a sheep of his own. --Tusser. [1913 Webster]

{Neat's-foot}, an oil obtained by boiling the feet of neat cattle. It is used to render leather soft and pliable. [1913 Webster]


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  • neat's foot — …   Useful english dictionary

  • neat's-foot oil — [nēts′foot΄] n. a light yellow oil obtained by boiling the feet and shinbones of cattle, used mainly as a dressing for leather: also neatsfoot oil …   English World dictionary

  • neat's-foot oil — neat s′ foot oil n. a pale yellow fixed oil made by boiling the feet and shinbones of cattle, used chiefly to dress leather • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • neat's-foot oil — noun a pale yellow oil made from the feet and legs of cattle; used as a dressing for leather • Hypernyms: ↑animal oil * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: neat (I) : a pale yellow fatty oil made by boiling the feet and shinbones especially of cattle… …   Useful english dictionary

  • neat's-foot oil — /neets foot / a pale yellow fixed oil made by boiling the feet and shinbones of cattle, used chiefly as a dressing for leather. [1570 80] * * * ▪ lubricant       pale yellow fatty oil made by boiling the feet (excluding hooves), skin, and… …   Universalium

  • neat's-foot oil — /nits fʊt ˈɔɪl/ (say neets foot oyl) noun a pale yellow fixed oil made by boiling the feet and shinbones of cattle, used chiefly as a dressing for leather. {see neat2} …   Australian English dictionary

  • neat's-foot oil — noun Date: 1787 a pale yellow fatty oil made especially from the bones of cattle and used chiefly as a leather dressing …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • neat’s-foot oil —  A substance used to treat leather …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • neat's-foot oil —    a substance used to treat leather, is a term that seldom appears these days but is almost always misspelled in one way or another when it does appear. Note the apostrophe and hyphen …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • neat's-foot oil — noun oil obtained by boiling the feet of cattle, used to dress leather …   English new terms dictionary

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