from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The process of steeping cloth before or after dyeing, or skins preparatory to tanning, in a bath or vat of bran-water.
- noun The process of removing the oil from tin plates during their manufacture, by passing them through a mixture of bran and slaked lime.
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They were the branning ducks, he on one side, she on the other side of the stream, as is their habit, whence they are fabled to be a pair of lovers who must yearn unavailingly through the long nights from opposite banks of the river.