Mar. 1st, 2017

pricket

Mar. 1st, 2017 08:02 am
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pricket (PRIK-it) - n., a male deer in his second year (with unbranched antlers); a metal spike on which to stick a candle, a candlestick with such a spike.


Been around since the 14th century as a diminutive of prick (which itself goes back to Old English with the original sense of dot/point/sharp thing), but in these senses only since the 15th century -- the original meaning was the candle itself.

---L.

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