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Saturday, August 03, 2013

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.
Quotes:
The gray hut is five feet away, a raised window above the spigot of the hose.
-- Christopher Bram, Gods and Monsters, 1995
He worked his way around the trunk until he found a spigot. He turned it on and caught a little fluid in the palm of one hand. He sipped it.
-- Piers Anthony, Two to the Fifth, 2008
Origin:
Spigot came to English in the late 14th century from the Latin spica meaning "ear of grain." It shares its root with the word spike.
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