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Compare Gaelic brangus, brangas, a sort of pillory, Irish brancas, halter, or Dutch pranger, fetter.
brank (plural branks)
- (usually in the plural) A metal bridle formerly used as a torture device to hold the head of a scold and restrain the tongue.
- (obsolete, UK, Scotland, dialect, usually in the plural) A sort of bridle with wooden side pieces.
- 1802, Walter Scott (editor), Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border
- To put someone in the branks.
- (UK, Scotland, dialect) To hold up and toss the head; applied to horses as spurning the bit.
- (Scotland) To prance; to caper.
- 1811, Anne MacVicar Grant, Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders of Scotland:
- Donald came branking down the brae
Wi' twenty thousand men.
- (UK, dialect) Buckwheat.
- 1842, William Blackwood, The Quarterly Journal of Agriculture:
- One - third of brank-ground , or mixed with any other kind of grain or roots, is as large a proportion as can be given with safety