One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A male fallow deer in its second year, having straight, unbranched horns.
- ‘A young pricket approaches and the buck reacts violently.’
- ‘I had a white fallow pricket on the estate I'd keepered before this one, and he was gorgeous, didn't stand out as much as you might imagine in the undergrowth either.’
2historical A spike for holding a candle.
prong, barb, point, skewer, stake, spit, projectionView synonyms
- ‘The earliest candlesticks held candles on a pricket (pointed spike) and are attributed to the 16th century.’
- ‘Before the 17th century, when molded candles were introduced, beeswax candles were always fixed to prickets, or spikes.’
Late Middle English: from prick + -et.
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