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tappit-hen

[tap-it-hen]
noun Scot.
  1. a hen with a crest or topknot.
  2. a tankard, especially a large one, with a knob or ornament projecting from the top of its lid.
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Origin of tappit-hen

1715–25; tappit (Scots variant of topped; see top1, -ed3) + hen
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Historical Examples of tappit-hen

  • Their bind was just a Scots pint over-head, and a tappit-hen to the bill, and no man ever saw them the waur o't.

    St. Ronan's Well

    Sir Walter Scott


British Dictionary definitions for tappit-hen

tappit-hen

noun Scot
  1. a hen with a crest
  2. a pewter tankard, usually with a distinctive knob on the lid
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Word Origin for tappit-hen

C18: from Scottish tappit topped, crested + hen
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