branks definition

  • noun:
    • a punishment device, specifically for scolding women, composed of a cage to enclose the head, with a metal gag when it comes to lips
  • others:
    • a guitar previously used in components of England and Scotland for correcting scolding women; a scolding-bridle.
    • a kind of bridle for ponies and cattle.
    • The mumps.

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