slunk

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From an allusive sense of slink, meaning ‘bring forth young prematurely’.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

slunk (plural slunks)

  1. An animal, especially a calf, born prematurely or abortively.
    • 1959, William Burrough, Naked Lunch:
      Then I met a great guy, Placenta Juan the Afterbirth Tycoon. Made his in slunks during the war. (Slunks are underage calves trailing afterbirths and bacteria, generally in an unsanitary and unfit condition.)
    • 2001, ed. Rob Cook, The Making of a Drum Company, Hal Leonard, published 2001, page 53:
      Calf heads were tanned from yearling calves less than a year in age. Slunk skins were tanned from unborn calfskins which, gruesome as it sounds, were often by products of the cow slaughtering process.

Verb[edit]

slunk

  1. simple past tense and past participle of slink