agraffe

agraffe

[uh-graf]
noun
1.
a small cramp iron.
2.
a clasp, often richly ornamented, for clothing or armor.
3.
a device, as a hook, for preventing vibration in the section of a piano string between the pin and the bridge.
4.
(in classical architecture) a sculptural relief on the face of a keystone.
Also, agrafe [uh-graf] .


Origin:
1660–70; < French, variant of agrafe, noun derivative of agrafer to hook, equivalent to a- a-5 + grafe hook, cramp iron, probably < Germanic; see grape

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agraffe or sometimes (US) agrafe (əˈɡræf)
 
n
1.  a fastening consisting of a loop and hook, formerly used in armour and clothing
2.  a metal cramp used to connect stones
 
[C18: from French, from grafe a hook]
 
agrafe or sometimes (US) agrafe
 
n
 
[C18: from French, from grafe a hook]

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