petcock


petcock
/pet"kok'/, n.
a small valve or faucet, as for draining off excess or waste material from the cylinder of a steam engine or an internal-combustion engine.
Also, pet cock.
[1860-65; pet, perh. < F pet (see PETARD) + COCK1]

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