What does the word catgut mean?

Usage examples for catgut

  1. The little red yew bow used in the previous experiment was backed heavily with rawhide and catgut. – Hunting with the Bow and Arrow by Saxton Pope
  2. Sinew, catgut, and rawhide strings were used by the early archers, but have been abandoned by the more modern. – Hunting with the Bow and Arrow by Saxton Pope
  3. He used to play the quaintest old tunes, odd border- side ballad airs, that seemed to go apace with blithe country weddings and decent pastoral merry- makings of all kinds, and to be strangely out of suits with that brotherhood of rakehells, smugglers, and desperadoes who gambled and drank, and swore and quarrelled, while the poor old fellow worked his catgut. – Marjorie by Justin Huntly McCarthy