or pet cock
- a small valve or faucet, as for draining off excess or waste material from the cylinder of a steam engine or an internal-combustion engine.
Origin of petcock
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Related Words for petcockvalve, spigot, hydrant, spout, egress, cock, nozzle, petcock, stopcock, bibcock
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Historical Examples of petcock
One crawled in and settled down, and turned the petcock that inflated the cover.Space Tug
- a small valve for checking the water level in a steam boiler or draining condensed steam from the cylinder of a steam engine
Word Origin for petcock
C19: from pet 1 or perhaps French pet, from péter to break wind + cock 1
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Word Origin and History for petcock
also pet-cock, 1864, from cock (n.2); the signification of the first element is uncertain.
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