branding iron

noun
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:
1400–50; late Middle English

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Example sentences
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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