rackan

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English rakente, from Old English racente (chain, fetter) and Old Norse rekendi (chain); both from Proto-Germanic *rakentǭ (fetter), from Proto-Indo-European *reǵ- (to bind). Cognate with Old High German rahhenza (chain). See also rackle.

Noun[edit]

rackan (plural rackans)

  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England) A chain or bar drilled with holes to accommodate pot-hooks from which cooking vessels can be suspended over a fire; a pot-hook.

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