branks

[ brangks ]
/ bræŋks /

noun (used with a plural verb)

Sometimes brank . a device consisting of a headpiece with a flat, iron bit to restrain the tongue, formerly used to punish scolds.

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Origin of branks

1585–95; perhaps to be identified with Middle English bernak “bridle, snaffle”; see barnacle2
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British Dictionary definitions for branks

branks
/ (bræŋks) /

pl n

(formerly) an iron bridle used to restrain scolding women

Word Origin for branks

C16: of unknown origin
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