bick-iron

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

noun

the tapered end of an anvil.

Nearby words

  1. bichromate,
  2. bichromate process,
  3. bichrome,
  4. bicipital,
  5. bicipital rib,
  6. bicker,
  7. bickering,
  8. bickerstaff, isaac,
  9. bickie,
  10. biclonality

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

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