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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Brank  \Brank\,  Branks  \Branks\,  n.  [Cf.  Gael.  brangus  brangas 
  a  sort  of  pillory,  Ir  brancas  halter,  or  D.  pranger  fetter.] 
  1.  A  sort  of  bridle  with  wooden  side  pieces.  [Scot.  &  Prov. 
  Eng.]  --Jamieson. 
  2.  A  scolding  bridle,  an  instrument  formerly  used  for 
  correcting  scolding  women.  It  was  an  iron  frame 
  surrounding  the  head  and  having  a  triangular  piece 
  entering  the  mouth  of  the  scold.