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OOZE (O. Eng. wdse, cognate with an o...

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 120 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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OOZE (O. Eng. wdse, cognate with an obsolete waise, mud; cf. O. Nor. veisa, muddy pool), the slime or mud at the bottom of a river, stream, especially of a tidal river or estuary, and so particularly used in deep-sea soundings of the deposit of fine calcareous mud, in which remains of foraminifera are largely present. The word " ooze " is also used as a technical term in tanning, of the liquor in a tan vat in which the hides are steeped, made of a solution of oak bark or other substances which yield tannin. This word is in origin different from " ooze " in its first sense. It appears in O. Eng. as w6s, and meant the juice of plants, fruits, &c.
End of Article: OOZE (O. Eng. wdse, cognate with an obsolete waise, mud; cf. O. Nor. veisa, muddy pool)
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