Putage to Pygmy

(Pu"tage) n. [OF. putage.] Prostitution or fornication on the part of a woman.

(||Pu*ta"men) n. [L.] (Bot.) The shell of a nut; the stone of a drupe fruit. See Endocarp.

(Pu"tan*ism) n. [F. putanisme, fr. putain harlot.] Habitual lewdness or prostitution of a woman; harlotry.

(Pu"ta*tive) a. [L. putativus, fr. putare, putatum, to reckon, suppose, adjust, prune, cleanse. See Pure, and cf. Amputate, Compute, Dispute, Impute.] Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed; as, the putative father of a child. "His other putative (I dare not say feigned) friends." E. Hall.

Thus things indifferent, being esteemed useful or pious, became customary, and then came for reverence into a putative and usurped authority.
Jer. Taylor.

(Put*chuck") n. (Bot.) Same as Pachak.

(||Pu"te*al) n. [L., fr. puteus well.] (Arch.) An inclosure surrounding a well to prevent persons from falling into it; a well curb. Weale.

(||Put"e*li) n. Same as Patela.

(Pu"ter*y), n. [OF. puterie.] Putage. [Obs.]

(Pu"tid) a. [L. putidus: cf. F. putide. Cf. Putrid.] Rotten; fetid; stinking; base; worthless. Jer. Taylor. "Thy putid muse." Dr. H. More.

(Pu*tid"i*ty Pu"tid*ness) n. The quality or state of being putrid.

(Put"log`) n. (Arch.) One of the short pieces of timber on which the planks forming the floor of a scaffold are laid, — one end resting on the ledger of the scaffold, and the other in a hole left in the wall temporarily for the purpose. Oxf. Gloss.

(Put"-off`) n. A shift for evasion or delay; an evasion; an excuse. L'Estrange.

(Pu"tour) n. [See Put a prostitute.] A keeper of a brothel; a procurer. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Pu*tred"i*nous) a. [L. putredo rottenness, fr. putrere to be rotten. See Putrid.] Proceeding from putrefaction, or partaking of the putrefactive process; having an offensive smell; stinking; rotten.

(Pu`tre*fac"tion) n. [L. putrefactio: cf. F. putréfaction. See Putrefy.]

1. The act or the process of putrefying; the offensive decay of albuminous or other matter.

Putrefaction is a complex phenomenon involving a multiplicity of chemical reactions, always accompanied by, and without doubt caused by, bacteria and vibriones; hence, putrefaction is a form of fermentation, and is sometimes called putrefaction fermentative. Putrefaction is not possible under conditions that preclude the development of living organisms. Many of the products of putrefaction are powerful poisons, and are called cadaveric poisons, or ptomaïnes.

2. The condition of being putrefied; also, that which putrefied. "Putrefaction's breath." Shelley.

(Pu`tre*fac"tive) a. [Cf. putréfactif. See Putrefy.]

1. Of or pertaining to putrefaction; as, the putrefactive smell or process. Wiseman.

2. Causing, or tending to promote, putrefaction.

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