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branding iron

a long-handled metal rod with a stamp at one end, used for branding livestock, especially cattle, with a registered or recognized symbol or character to indicate ownership.
Also called brand.
Origin of branding iron
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Two of them were tall and well set up; the third was short and stocky and held a branding iron in one hand.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • That was a cattle country; they knew it for a branding iron.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • Without looking up the Mexican replied; "It is a branding iron, Seor."

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • The burn of a branding iron is supposed to heal almost immediately.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford
  • In France the branding iron used on slaves and criminals often took the form of the fleur-de-lis.

    The Victorious Attitude Orison Swett Marden
  • Buck noticed that he held the branding iron carefully away from his leg.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • The Dutchman was first in the line at Morgan's right hand as he turned from the fire with the branding iron red-hot in his hand.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • As we started in with him, she struck me over the head with a branding iron, and I had to drop Charlie at her feet.

    History of 'Billy the Kid' Chas. A. Siringo
  • Raul let his eyes close, and tried to imagine he had no branding iron of pain.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett

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