(UK dialectal, Northern England) A chain or bar drilled with holes to accommodate pot-hooks from which cooking vessels can be suspended over a fire; a pot-hook.
From Middle English rakente, from Old English racente (“chain, fetter”) and Old Norse rekendi (“chain”); both from Proto-Germanic*rakentǭ (“fetter”), from Proto-Indo-European*reǵ- (“to bind”). Cognate with Old High German rahhenza (“chain”). See also rackle.
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