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Meaning of sprue

sprue

Pronunciation: (spr), [key]
— n., v., sprued, spru•ing.
—n.
    1. an opening through which molten metal is poured into a mold.
    2. the waste metal left in this opening after casting.
  1. a channel in a forging die permitting the die to clear that part of the rough piece not being forged.
—v.t.
  1. to cut the sprues from (a casting).

sprue

Pronunciation: (spr), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. a chronic disease, occurring chiefly in the tropics, resulting from malabsorption of nutrients from the small intestine and characterized by diarrhea, ulceration of the mucous membrane of the digestive tract, and a smooth, shining tongue; psilosis.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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