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BODKIN (Early Eng. boydekin, a dagger...

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 110 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BODKIN (Early Eng. boydekin, a dagger, a word of unknown origin, possibly connected with the Gaelic biodag, a short sword), a small, needle-like instrument of steel or bone with a flattened knob at one end, used in needlework. It has one or more slits or eyes, through which cord, tape or ribbon can be passed, for threading through a hem or series of loops. The word is also used of a small piercing instrument for making holes in cloth, &c.
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