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branding iron

a long-handled metal rod with a stamp at one end, used for branding livestock, especially cattle, with a registered or recognized symbol or character to indicate ownership.
Also called brand.
Origin of branding iron
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After that, each swallow or syllable brought a fresh spasm of agony, as if a branding iron were pressing on her throat.
  • Two designs were cast into branding heads and used in conjunction with a branding iron.
  • There are also pictures on the wall and in the narrative frieze, plus a branding iron to handle.

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