fishplate

[fish-pleyt]
noun
  1. a metal or wooden plate or slab, bolted to each of two members that have been butted or lapped together.
  2. Railroads Now Rare. a joint bar.

Origin of fishplate

1850–55; fish, alteration of French fiche fastening, derivative of ficher to fasten, fix (see fichu) + plate1
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fishplate

noun
  1. a flat piece of metal joining one rail, stanchion, or beam to another
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