tap-pit hens


noun Scot.
a hen with a crest or topknot.
a tankard, especially a large one, with a knob or ornament projecting from the top of its lid.

1715–25; tappit (Scots variant of topped; see top1, -ed3) + hen

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tappit-hen (ˈtæpɪtˈhɛn)
1.  a hen with a crest
2.  a pewter tankard, usually with a distinctive knob on the lid
[C18: from Scottish tappit topped, crested + hen]

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