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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ring inserted through the nose of an animal to allow the passage of a rope, as for leading or securing.
  • n. A ring or other ornament inserted through the nose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ring affixed to the snout of cattle, to make them follow immediately when a chain is attached to the ring.
  • n. A ring worn on a person's nose, for jewelry

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ring worn on the nose as an ornament or on the nose of an animal to control it


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