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a ring inserted in the nose of an animal, to facilitate leading it.
a ring worn as an ornament in the nose.
a ring fixed through the nose, as for leading a bull

1778 as something to lead an animal by, from nose (n.) + ring (n.1). As something to ornament a person, from 1819.


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