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spigot

[ spig-uht ]
/ ˈspɪg ət /
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noun

a small peg or plug for stopping the vent of a cask.
a peg or plug for stopping the passage of liquid in a faucet or cock.
a faucet or cock for controlling the flow of liquid from a pipe or the like.
the end of a pipe that enters the enlarged end of another pipe to form a joint.

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Origin of spigot

1350–1400; Middle English spigot, perhaps <Old French *espigot<Old Provençal espig(a) (<Latin spīca ear of grain; see spica) + Old French -ot diminutive suffix

regional variation note for spigot

3. See faucet.
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British Dictionary definitions for spigot

spigot
/ (ˈspɪɡət) /

noun

a stopper for the vent hole of a cask
a tap, usually of wood, fitted to a cask
a US name for tap 2 (def. 1)
a short cylindrical projection on one component designed to fit into a hole on another, esp the male part of a joint (spigot and socket joint) between two pipes

Word Origin for spigot

C14: probably from Old Provençal espiga a head of grain, from Latin spīca a point
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