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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: derrick 'structure for hanging criminals' (1600-1700), perhaps from a person who operated this called Derrick

derrick

noun
     
Related topics: Building, Water
der‧rick [countable]
1TTW a tall machine used for lifting heavy weights, especially on ships
2TB a tall tower built over an oil well, used to raise and lower the drill

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