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nounEnglish Regional, South-Western
A small iron or wooden wedge; (in later use) especially one that holds the ring of a scythe's handles in place.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From Middle French cuignet, variant of cognet wedge from coing, coin wedge + -et.
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