the noseband of a bridle or a halter.

1590–1600; < Italian cavezzone noseband halter, equivalent to cavezz(a) halter (< Germanic; compare Old English cælf halter, muzzle) + -one augmentative suffix Unabridged
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cavesson (ˈkævɪsən)
a kind of hard noseband, used (esp formerly) in breaking a horse in
[C16: via French from Italian cavezzone, from cavezza halter, ultimately related to Latin caput head]

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Example sentences for cavesson
At the upper levels a plain cavesson is used on a double bridle.
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