bodkin

[bod-kin]
noun
1.
a small, pointed instrument for making holes in cloth, leather, etc.
2.
a long pinshaped instrument used by women to fasten up the hair.
3.
a blunt, needlelike instrument for drawing tape, cord, etc., through a loop, hem, or the like.
4.
Obsolete. a small dagger; stiletto.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English badeken, bo(i)dekyn, of uncertain origin

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bodkin (ˈbɒdkɪn)
 
n
1.  a blunt large-eyed needle used esp for drawing tape through openwork
2.  archaic a dagger
3.  printing a pointed steel tool used for extracting characters when correcting metal type
4.  archaic a long ornamental hairpin
 
[C14: probably of Celtic origin; compare Gaelic biodag dagger]

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bodkin
late 14c., boydekin, of unknown origin. The ending suggests a dim. form, and Celtic has been suggested as the source of the root.
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As an experimenter, he touched and tasted everything, and once thrust a bodkin in his eye to discover what colours he would see.
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