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a. A small point or spike for holding a candle upright.
b. A candlestick having such a spike.
2. A male deer in its second year, before the antlers branch.

[Middle English priket, diminutive of prik, prick, prick; see prick.]


1. (Animals) a male deer in the second year of life having unbranched antlers
2. (Furniture) a sharp metal spike on which to stick a candle
3. (Furniture) a candlestick having such a spike
[C14 priket, from prik prick]


(ˈprɪk ɪt)

1. a sharp metal point on which to stick a candle.
2. a candlestick with one or more such points.
3. a buck in his second year.
[1300–50; Middle English; see prick, -et]


- A candlestick with a spike for holding up the candle (or the spike itself).
See also related terms for spike.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pricket - a sharp metal spike to hold a candlepricket - a sharp metal spike to hold a candle
candle holder, candlestick - a holder with sockets for candles
spike - sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes; "spikes provide greater traction"
2.pricket - male deer in his second year
cervid, deer - distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
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If thou wilt come and dwell with me at home, My sheepcote shall be strowed with new greene rushes Weele haunt the trembling prickets as they rome About the fields, along the hauthorne bushes; I have a pie-bald curre to hunt the hare, So we will live with daintie forrest fare.