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deathwatch

noun death·watch \ ˈdeth-ˌwäch \

Definition of deathwatch

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

Origin and Etymology of deathwatch

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


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deathwatch

noun

Definition of deathwatch

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

Origin and Etymology of deathwatch

death + watch (vigil)


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