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surcingle

[sur-sing-guh l] /ˈsɜrˌsɪŋ gəl/
noun
1.
a belt or girth that passes around the belly of a horse and over the blanket, pack, saddle, etc., and is buckled on the horse's back.
2.
a beltlike fastening for a garment, especially a cassock.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English surcengle < Middle French, equivalent to sur- sur-1 + cengle belt < Latin cingulum; see cingulum
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  • Isotope will be infused using a cordless infusion pump secured to a surcingle.
  • Made of domestic leather, this surcingle adjusts three ways to fit large horses to ponies.
  • One of the two year-olds refused to quit the car until a surcingle with ropes attached was fastened around its body.
British Dictionary definitions for surcingle

surcingle

/ˈsɜːˌsɪŋɡəl/
noun
1.
a girth for a horse which goes around the body, used esp with a racing saddle
2.
the belt worn with a cassock
verb
3.
to put a surcingle on or over (a horse)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French surcengle, from sur- over + cengle a belt, from Latin cingulum
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Word Origin and History for surcingle
n.

"a girth for a horse," late 14c., from Old French surcengle, from sur- "over" (see sur-) + cengle "a girdle," from Latin cingulum "girth" (see cinch (n.)).

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