knout

knout

[nout]
noun
1.
a whip with a lash of leather thongs, formerly used in Russia for flogging criminals.
verb (used with object)
2.
to flog with the knout.

Origin:
1710–20; < French < Russian knut, Old Russian < Old Norse knūtr knot

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knout (naʊt)
 
n
a stout whip used formerly in Russia as an instrument of punishment
 
[C17: from Russian knut, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse knūtr knot]

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