Spraints
Spraints \Spraints\ (spr[=a]nts), n. pl. [OF. espraintes, espreintes, F. ['e]preintes, from espreinte a desire to go to stool, from espreindre. See {Sprain}, v. t.] The dung of an otter. [1913 Webster]

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  • spraints — ˈsprānts noun plural Etymology: Middle English sprayntes, from Middle French espraintes, plural of esprainte piece of otter s dung, from feminine of espraint, past participle of espraindre, espreindre to express, squeeze out more at express :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spraint — or scat is the dung of the otter.[1] Spraints are typically identified by smell and are known for their distinct aromas, the smell of which has been described as ranging from freshly mown hay to putrefied fish.[2] The European otter s spraints… …   Wikipedia

  • Oriental small-clawed otter — Oriental small clawed otter[1] Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Sprain — (spr[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sprained} (spr[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spraining}.] [OF. espreindreto press, to force out, F. [ e]preindre, fr. L. exprimere. See {Express}, v. t., and cf. {Spraints}.] To weaken, as a joint, ligament, or muscle …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sprained — Sprain Sprain (spr[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sprained} (spr[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spraining}.] [OF. espreindreto press, to force out, F. [ e]preindre, fr. L. exprimere. See {Express}, v. t., and cf. {Spraints}.] To weaken, as a joint,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spraining — Sprain Sprain (spr[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sprained} (spr[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spraining}.] [OF. espreindreto press, to force out, F. [ e]preindre, fr. L. exprimere. See {Express}, v. t., and cf. {Spraints}.] To weaken, as a joint,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spraint — [spreɪnt] (also spraints) noun otter droppings. Origin ME: from OFr. espreintes, from espraindre squeeze out , based on L. exprimere to express …   English new terms dictionary

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