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spigot (SPIG-uht) noun

1. A faucet.

2. A wooden faucet placed in the bunghole of a cask.

3. The vent plug of a cask.

[Middle English, perhaps from Old French *espigot, diminutive of Old Provencal espiga, ear of grain, from Latin spica.]

"Strong regional development could help shut the spigot on Indiana's brain drain ...." New Economic Development Chief in Indianapolis Has Regional View, Knight Ridder Open, Apr 19, 2000.

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