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pun·cheon1 / pənchən/ • n. 1. a short post, esp. one used for supporting the roof in a coal mine. ∎  a rough board or other length of wood, usually with one flattened side, used for flooring or building. 2. another term for punch2 . pun·cheon2 • n. hist. a large cask for liquids or other commodities holding from 72 to 120 gallons.

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puncheon. Stud, or vertical timber shorter and lighter than a post in a timber frame.

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puncheon1 pointed tool or † weapon. XIV. ME. pons(y)on, ponchon — OF. poinson, po(i)nchon (mod. poinçon):- Rom. *punctiōne(m), f. Rom. *punctiāre prick, punch.

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puncheon2 (mostly Sc.) large cask (esp. one of specific capacity). XV. Identical in form with prec., but if it is the same word the sense development is obscure.

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