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n. pl. tut·ties
An impure zinc oxide obtained as a sublimate from the flues of zinc-smelting furnaces and used as a polishing powder.
[Middle English tutie, from Old French, from Arabic tūtīyā, from Persian, from Sanskrit tuttham, blue vitriol, probably of Dravidian origin; akin to Kannada tutta.]
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(Elements & Compounds) finely powdered impure zinc oxide obtained from the flues of zinc-smelting furnaces and used as a polishing powder
[C14: from Old French tutie, from Arabic tūtiyā, probably from Persian, from Sanskrit tuttha]
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