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branding iron

noun
1.
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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