spigot

[spig-uht]
noun
1.
a small peg or plug for stopping the vent of a cask.
2.
a peg or plug for stopping the passage of liquid in a faucet or cock.
3.
a faucet or cock for controlling the flow of liquid from a pipe or the like.
4.
the end of a pipe that enters the enlarged end of another pipe to form a joint.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English spigot, perhaps < Old French *espigot < Old Provençal espig(a) (< Latin spīca ear of grain; see spica) + Old French -ot diminutive suffix


3. See faucet.
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spigot (ˈspɪɡət)
 
n
1.  a stopper for the vent hole of a cask
2.  a tap, usually of wood, fitted to a cask
3.  a US name for tap
4.  a short cylindrical projection on one component designed to fit into a hole on another, esp the male part of a joint (spigot and socket joint) between two pipes
 
[C14: probably from Old Provençal espiga a head of grain, from Latin spīca a point]

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spigot
1383, "plug used to stop the hole of a cask," probably from O.Fr. *espigot (cf. Gascony dialect espigot "core of a fruit, small ear of grain"), dim. of O.Prov. espiga "ear of grain," from L. spica "ear of grain" (see spike (n.2)). Meaning "valve for controlling the flow of a liquid" is from 1530.
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Example sentences
The water flows under natural pressure into a concrete structure from which it is piped downhill to a double spigot faucet.
Barrels range in size and can be equipped with a spigot or hose for easy use.
Exactly when the brain turns on the chemical spigot makes a world of difference.
There's a spigot and a drain, and a bunch of little pipes in the middle.
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