OOZE (0. Eng. li'dse, 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 hquor 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 wos, and meant the juice of plants, fruits, etc.
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