from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In medieval armor, the large buckle used for fastening the lower part of the breastplate to the upper one.
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They vary very much, from the tiny little _bouchette_ of something very piquant, to be taken between courses as an appetizer -- which, I believe, was the original idea -- to quite important dishes suitable as entrées for formal breakfasts or suppers.
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