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[hoch-kis] /ˈhɒtʃ kɪs/
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1878, type of gun named for its inventor, Benjamin B. Hotchkiss (1826-1885). In Japanese, the word for "stapler" is hotchikisu after the E. H. Hotchkiss Company of Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S., early and prominent manufacturer of staplers (incorporated 1895, name from 1897), which apparently was run by relatives of the gun inventor. The surname (attested from late 15c. as Hochekys) is a variant of Hodgkin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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