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cord made from the intestines of various animals (especially sheep and horses, but not cats). The membrane is chemically treated, and slender strands are woven together into cords of great strength, which are used for stringing musical instruments such as the violin and the harp. Roman strings, imported from Italy, are considered the best for musical instruments. Catgut is also used for stringing tennis rackets and for some surgical sutures.



cord made from the intestines of small cattle; a surgical sewing material. Catgut is used for internal sutures and for ligating blood vessels during operations. Catgut sutures are sometimes used externally under plaster casts. Catgut is absorbed by the tissues after seven to 30 days. [12–191–]


A thin cord made from the submucosa of sheep and other animal intestine; used for sutures and ligatures, for strings of musical instruments, and for tennis racket strings. Also known as gut.
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Gut strings notoriously wander in and out of tone, and with no vibrato every deviation can stand like a proclamation; valveless horns, or "natural" brass instruments or wooden flutes are incredibly recalcitrant in yielding accurate sound.
One of the first "aha" moments for Huggett came when she picked up a violin with gut strings instead of the steel-wound strings common on contemporary violins.
A metal lawn tennis racquet (below) with gut strings (which may be a later addition) has come to light bearing the trade symbol Premier made by the Coventry company Hillman, Herbert and Cooper.
If paper was expensive, the cost of gut strings was simply extortionary.
I was amused that the maker of the bass gut strings merited a mention equal to those of the instrument makers.
A We play with very little vibrato, and the gut strings and bows have a very earthy, physical and immediate character.
Rejouissance provided terrific support in Bach's Magnificat, the gut strings lending a wonderful warmth and beauty to aria sections and the continuo accompaniment being particularly well judged.
They're gut strings tied to leather around a fretless round neck.