from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In founding, an iron rod used to hold back the scum in the ladle.
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Demi-Cannon: Also known as the cannon-perier, it fires a 24 pound shot.
You could just dring perier water and eat your tofu and bean sprouts.
Sir John Burroughs ship received a shot of a _cannon perier_  under water; and, being ready to sink, desired Sir Robert to fall off, that he also might clear himself and save his ship from sinking.