billet2 /ˈbɪlɪt/

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I. noun

1. a thick piece of wood.
2. a small bar of metal for further processing.
3.
[Architecture] each of a series of short cylindrical pieces inserted at intervals in Norman decorative mouldings.
4.
[Heraldry] a rectangle placed vertically as a charge.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French billette and billot, diminutives of bille ‘tree trunk’, from medieval Latin billa, billus ‘branch, trunk’, probably of Celtic origin.

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