One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small round wooden box used to preserve documents and seals.
- ‘The object attached by the braided cord, called a skippet, contains the seal of the French government impressed in wax.’
- ‘The Seal, made of green beeswax and placed in a metal box called a skippet, hung like a pendant from the document.’
- ‘A stream of corrosive acid sprays out from the skippet, catching you in the chest as you leap back in terror.’
- ‘From the scroll are suspended the officer of arms’ wax seals in their brass skippets.’
- ‘A removable shelf allows the object to be removed from the box without exerting stress on the binding, skippet, tassels, and metallic cord.’
Late Middle English: of unknown origin.
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