Entry from British & World English dictionary
- Water in which alum is dissolved, has indeed a constringent effect upon the animal fibre.
- That the cold of water is naturally constringent is evident from snow, which keeps flesh from corrupting a long time.
- Old World regions, such as France and Italy, have to follow what are in some cases extremely constringent laws.
Early 16th century: from Latin constringent- 'binding together', from the verb constringere ( see constrain).
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