[pot-hoo k]
  1. a hook for suspending a pot or kettle over an open fire.
  2. an iron rod, usually curved, with a hook at the end, used to lift hot pots, irons, stove lids, etc.
  3. an S-shaped stroke in writing, especially as made by children in learning to write.

Origin of pothook

First recorded in 1425–75, pothook is from the late Middle English word pottehok. See pot1, hook1
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  1. a curved or S-shaped hook used for suspending a pot over a fire
  2. a long hook used for lifting hot pots, lids, etc
  3. an S-shaped mark, often made by children when learning to write
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