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petcock

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[pet-kok]
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noun
  1. a small valve or faucet, as for draining off excess or waste material from the cylinder of a steam engine or an internal-combustion engine.

Origin of petcock

1860–65; pet, perhaps < French pet (see petard) + cock1
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Historical Examples

  • One crawled in and settled down, and turned the petcock that inflated the cover.

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British Dictionary definitions for petcock

petcock

noun
  1. a small valve for checking the water level in a steam boiler or draining condensed steam from the cylinder of a steam engine

Word Origin

C19: from pet 1 or perhaps French pet, from péter to break wind + cock 1
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Word Origin and History for petcock

n.

also pet-cock, 1864, from cock (n.2); the signification of the first element is uncertain.

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