noun (1)
pun·​cheon | \ ˈpən-chən How to pronounce puncheon (audio) \

Definition of puncheon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pointed tool for piercing or for working on stone
2a : a short upright framing timber
b : a split log or heavy slab with the face smoothed


noun (2)

Definition of puncheon (Entry 2 of 2)

: a large cask of varying capacity

First Known Use of puncheon

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puncheon

Noun (1)

Middle English ponson, punchon, from Anglo-French ponchon pointed tool, support, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *punctiare to prick, pierce, from Latin punctum, supine of pungere — more at pungent

Noun (2)

Middle English punchon, from Anglo-French ponchon, probably from Middle French poinçon mark on goods certifying their origin

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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