Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An instrument formerly used in parts of England and Scotland for correcting scolding women; a scolding-bridle. It consisted of a headpiece inclosing the head of the offender, with a flat iron which entered the mouth and restrained the tongue.
- A sort of bridle for horses and cows. Instead of leather, it has on each side a piece of wood joined to a halter, to which a bit is sometimes added, but more frequently a wooden nose resembling a muzzle.
- The mumps.
- Origin uncertain; perhaps related to German Pranger, Dutch prang. (Wiktionary)
“The word branchs, (pronounced "branks") in prosobranchs, means 'gill'.”
“So, if I happen to say that branks monkey sagas have spilled onto the pavement alligators aware, just, you know, back away very slowly.”
“It was harnessed in the most simple manner, with a pair of branks, a hair tether, or halter, and a sunk, or cushion of straw, instead of bridle and saddle.”
“Adultery carried a death sentence, while lesser crimes could be punished by the likes of the branks.”
““Head cages” are far rarer and also more extreme: There are steel varieties that consist of strips welded together to form a cage in the shape of the head these metal cages are also known as “branks”.”
“As cheeks o 'branks. [sides of an ox's bridle]' Guid-een, 'quo' I; 'Friend! hae ye been mawin, [Good-evening, mowing]”
“There are some excellent drawings of branks, and full descriptions of their use, in Mr. Andrews's _Bygone Punishments_.”
“You may still see some fearsome branks in museums.”
“But we can still see our stocks on the village greens, our branks, ducking-stools, and pillories in museums, and remind ourselves of the customs of former days which have not so very long ago passed away.”
“They'll need to stand on a baikie that put the branks on him.”
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