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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brank \Brank\, Branks \Branks\, n. [Cf. Gael. brangus, brangas, a sort of pillory, Ir. brancas halter, or D. pranger fetter.] 1. A sort of bridle with wooden side pieces. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.] --Jamieson. [1913 Webster] 2. A scolding bridle, an instrument formerly used for correcting scolding women. It was an iron frame surrounding the head and having a triangular piece entering the mouth of the scold. [1913 Webster]