whet (wĕt, hwĕt)
tr.v. whet·ted, whet·ting, whets
1. To sharpen (a knife, for example); hone.
2. To make more keen; stimulate: The frying bacon whetted my appetite.
Something that whets the appetite or desire.
[Middle English whetten, from Old English hwettan.]
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