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- n. a punishment device, especially for scolding women, consisting of a cage to enclose the head, with a metal gag for the mouth
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An instrument formerly used in parts of England and Scotland for correcting scolding women; a scolding-bridle.
- A sort of bridle for horses and cows.
- The mumps.
Origin uncertain; perhaps related to German Pranger, Dutch prang. (Wiktionary)