Brank, Branks, n. [Cf. Gael. brangus, brangas, a sort of pillory, Ir. brancas halter, or D. pranger fetter.]

1.

A sort of bridle with wooden side pieces.

[Scot. & Prov. Eng.]

Jamieson.

2.

A scolding bridle, an instrument formerly used for correcting scolding women. It was an iron frame surrounding the head and having a triangular piece entering the mouth of the scold.

 

© Webster 1913.

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