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nubbin

[nuhb-in] /ˈnʌb ɪn/
noun
1.
a small lump or stunted piece; stub.
2.
a small or imperfect ear of corn.
3.
an undeveloped fruit.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95, Americanism; perhaps nub + -in, variant of -ing1
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  • One or more broken wire at the base of a poured nubbin or end fitting.
  • Remove the white nubbin and start the pump at a slow pump.
British Dictionary definitions for nubbin

nubbin

/ˈnʌbɪn/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) something small or undeveloped, esp a fruit or ear of corn
Word Origin
C19: diminutive of nub
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Word Origin and History for nubbin
n.

"stunted ear of corn," 1690s, American English diminutive of nub. General sense of "small piece" is from 1857.

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