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1deathwatch

noun death·watch \ˈdeth-ˌwäch\

Definition of DEATHWATCH

:  a small insect that makes a ticking sound; especially :  deathwatch beetle
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Origin of DEATHWATCH

death + watch (timepiece); from the superstition that its ticking presages death
First Known Use: 1646

2deathwatch

noun

Definition of DEATHWATCH

1
:  a vigil kept over the dead or dying
2
:  the guard set over a criminal to be executed

Origin of DEATHWATCH

death + watch (vigil)
First Known Use: circa 1890

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