foliot

noun
fo·li·ot | \ˈfōlēət\
plural -s

Definition of foliot 

: the earliest form of mechanical-clock escapement consisting of a crossbar with adjustable weights for regulating the rate of oscillation of a verge or vertical spindle

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History and Etymology for foliot

French, from Middle French, probably from folier to play the fool, from fol foolish, mad

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