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deathwatch

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noun death·watch \ˈdeth-ˌwäch\

Definition of deathwatch

  1. :  a small insect that makes a ticking sound; especially :  deathwatch beetle



Origin of deathwatch

death + watch (timepiece); from the superstition that its ticking presages death


First Known Use: 1646


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deathwatch

noun death·watch

Definition of deathwatch

  1. 1 :  a vigil kept over the dead or dying

  2. 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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