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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. 2018.
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  • That was a cattle country; they knew it for a branding iron.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • “So, after all, the branding iron is the proper 304 instrument,” he said.

    The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt
  • Raul let his eyes close, and tried to imagine he had no branding iron of pain.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • The burn of a branding iron is supposed to heal almost immediately.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford
  • With a knife and a branding iron they can be disarmed for ever.

    The Last Galley Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 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
  • Buck noticed that he held the branding iron carefully away from his leg.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton

    Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • 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
  • 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

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