- a hen with a crest or topknot.
- a tankard, especially a large one, with a knob or ornament projecting from the top of its lid.
Origin of tappit-hen
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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
- a hen with a crest
- a pewter tankard, usually with a distinctive knob on the lid
Word Origin for tappit-hen
C18: from Scottish tappit topped, crested + hen
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