bick-iron

[ bik-ahy-ern, bik-ern ]
/ ˈbɪkˌaɪ ərn, ˈbɪk ərn /

noun

the tapered end of an anvil.

Origin of bick-iron

1660–70; alteration (by association with iron) of earlier bickern for bycorne two-horned anvil < Latin bicornis two-horned (see bicorn); meaning perhaps influenced by Middle French bigorne in same sense
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019