from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Soot from burnt wood. It has been found useful as a manure.
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If this is not at hand, wood-soot (not coal) pounded, sifted, and mixed with lard is nearly as good, as such soot contains creosote.
American Woman's Home Harriet Beecher Stowe 1853
With the dirt they appear nearly as black as a negro; and according to our best discoveries, the skin itself is of the colour of wood-soot, or what is commonly called a chocolate-colour.
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 13 Robert Kerr 1784
Spirit of hartshorn, oleum animale, spunge burnt to charcoal, black-snuffs of candles, which consist principally of animal charcoal, wood-soot, oil of amber.
Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life Erasmus Darwin 1766
"The man who watched by the river in the blue gown brought me paper, a pen, and some wood-soot mixed with water.
The Four Feathers 1906