One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Zoology. A bone, scale, or other hard part in the region of the throat of an animal, especially in a fish. Now rare.
2A metal plate attached to the horizontal surface around the blade of a band saw or table saw, or around the needle of a sewing machine, over which material passes when being worked.
3The exterior plate at the front of the firebox in a steam locomotive, which is attached to the barrel of the boiler.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Shuckard (?1803–1868), entomologist. From throat + plate.
throat plate/ˈθrəʊt pleɪt/
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