One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pallet in the form of a metal pin (in some watches) or semicircular jewel (in certain small clocks), one of which projects from each arm of the escapement and engages alternately with the teeth of the escape wheel. Also (now usually): an escapement having such pallets (also called pin lever).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edmund Denison (1816–1905), ecclesiastical controversialist, architect, and horologist. From pin + pallet.
pin pallet/ˈpɪn ˌpalɪt/
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