Vachette clasp
Vachette clasp Va`chette" clasp [Cf. F. vachette cowhide leather used for ligatures.] (Veter.) A piece of strong steel wire with the ends curved and pointed, used on toe or quarter cracks to bind the edges together and prevent motion. It is clasped into two notches, one on each side of the crack, burned into the wall with a cautery iron. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • vachette clasp — (ˈ)va|shet noun Etymology: vachette probably from French, cowhide leather (used for ligatures), literally, small cow, from vache cow + ette : a piece of strong steel wire with the ends curved and pointed used on toe or quarter cracks of a horse s …   Useful english dictionary

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