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bodkin (1 the orig. sense, Chaucer onwards; the mod. use is post-S.)
1. dagger Ham. III. i. 76 “When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin.”
2. small pointed instrument for piercing holes in cloth, &c., Wint. III. iii. 87.
3. long pin or pin-shaped ornament for the hair LLL. V. ii. 612 “The head of a bodkin.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 3.1
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