/brob/, n.
a wedge-shaped spike for securing an end of a timber butting against the side of another.
[1870-75; of uncert. orig.]

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  • Brobdingnag — /brob ding nag /, n. the region in Swift s Gulliver s Travels where everything was of enormous size. * * * …   Universalium