Definitions

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

  • n. A small point or spike for holding a candle upright.
  • n. A candlestick having such a spike.
  • n. A buck in its second year, before the antlers branch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A buck in his second year. See note under 3d buck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sharp iron point upon which a candle may be stuck; hence, a candlestick, either separate or one of several connected together. Also prick.
  • n. Hence A wax taper.
  • n. A buck in his second year: probably so called from his horns. See spike.
  • n. The wall-pepper or biting stonecrop, Sedum acre.

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

  • n. male deer in his second year
  • n. a sharp metal spike to hold a candle

Etymologies

Middle English priket, diminutive of prik, prick, prick; see prick.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From prick +‎ -et. (Wiktionary)

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  • A buck in its second year, before the antlers branch.

    November 1, 2007