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1Any of various sharp-pointed instruments or tools for prodding, cutting, making holes, etc. Now chiefly English regional.
2Farriery. A pointed tool used for punching or enlarging the nail holes in horseshoes.
Late 15th century. Either from pritch + -el, or the reflex of an Old English variant (with palatalized consonant) of prickle.
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