bodkin

noun
bod·​kin | \ ˈbäd-kən How to pronounce bodkin (audio) \

Definition of bodkin

b : a sharp slender instrument for making holes in cloth
c : an ornamental hairpin shaped like a stiletto
2 : a blunt needle with a large eye for drawing tape or ribbon through a loop or hem

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Punishment for cursing or disparaging a clergyman was having a bodkin — a large needle — driven through the tongue. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Experts have uncovered remains at America’s first permanent colony. But whose bones are they?," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of bodkin

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bodkin

Middle English bodekin

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