noun (used with a plural verb)
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At Oswestry are two branks, one belonging to the Corporation, and the other is in the store-room of the Workhouse.Bygone Punishments|William Andrews
The branks was a species of iron mask, with a gag so contrived as to enter the mouth and forcibly hold down the unruly member.
If that did not stop the rancour of their tongues he tried the effect of an instrument called the "branks."The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer|Richard Clynton
An uncomfortable bridle which used to be employed to silence scolds was called the branks.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)|Ernest Weekley
The brutality of the stronger and governing to the weaker and subject sex was not limited to the ducking-stool and branks.