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 for Pig yoke
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pig \Pig\, n. [Cf. D. big, bigge, LG. bigge, also Dan. pige
     girl, Sw. piga, Icel. p[imac]ka.]
     1. The young of swine, male or female; also, any swine; a
        hog. "Two pigges in a poke." --Chaucer.
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     2. (Zool.) Any wild species of the genus Sus and related
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     3. [Cf. Sow a channel for melted iron.] An oblong mass of
        cast iron, lead, or other metal. See Mine pig, under
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     4. One who is hoggish; a greedy person. [Low]
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     Masked pig. (Zool.) See under Masked.
     Pig bed (Founding), the bed of sand in which the iron from
        a smelting furnace is cast into pigs.
     Pig iron, cast iron in pigs, or oblong blocks or bars, as
        it comes from the smelting furnace. See Pig, 4.
     Pig yoke (Naut.), a nickname for a quadrant or sextant.
     A pig in a poke (that is, bag), a blind bargain; something
        bought or bargained for, without the quality or the value
        being known. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Yoke \Yoke\ (y[=o]k), n. [OE. yok, [yogh]oc, AS. geoc; akin to
     D. juk, OHG. joh, G. joch, Icel. & Sw. ok, Dan. aag, Goth.
     juk, Lith. jungas, Russ. igo, L. jugum, Gr. zy`gon, Skr.
     yuga, and to L. jungere to join, Gr. ?, Skr. yui. [root]109,
     280. Cf. Join, Jougs, Joust, Jugular, Subjugate,
     Syzygy, Yuga, Zeugma.]
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     1. A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the
        heads or necks for working together.
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              A yearling bullock to thy name shall smoke,
              Untamed, unconscious of the galling yoke. --Pope.
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     Note: The modern yoke for oxen is usually a piece of timber
           hollowed, or made curving, near each end, and laid on
           the necks of the oxen, being secured in place by two
           bows, one inclosing each neck, and fastened through the
           timber. In some countries the yoke consists of a flat
           piece of wood fastened to the foreheads of the oxen by
           thongs about the horns.
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     2. A frame or piece resembling a yoke, as in use or shape.
        (a) A frame of wood fitted to a person's shoulders for
            carrying pails, etc., suspended on each side; as, a
            milkmaid's yoke.
        (b) A frame worn on the neck of an animal, as a cow, a
            pig, a goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
        (c) A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for
            ringing it. See Illust. of Bell.
        (d) A crosspiece upon the head of a boat's rudder. To its
            ends lines are attached which lead forward so that the
            boat can be steered from amidships.
        (e) (Mach.) A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
        (f) (Arch.) A tie securing two timbers together, not used
            for part of a regular truss, but serving a temporary
            purpose, as to provide against unusual strain.
        (g) (Dressmaking) A band shaped to fit the shoulders or
            the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the
            waist or the skirt.
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     3. Fig.: That which connects or binds; a chain; a link; a
        bond connection.
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              Boweth your neck under that blissful yoke . . .
              Which that men clepeth spousal or wedlock.
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              This yoke of marriage from us both remove. --Dryden.
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     4. A mark of servitude; hence, servitude; slavery; bondage;
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              Our country sinks beneath the yoke.   --Shak.
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              My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. --Matt. xi.
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     5. Two animals yoked together; a couple; a pair that work
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              I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove
              them.                                 --Luke xiv.
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     6. The quantity of land plowed in a day by a yoke of oxen.
        [Obs.] --Gardner.
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     7. A portion of the working day; as, to work two yokes, that
        is, to work both portions of the day, or morning and
        afternoon. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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     8. (Chiefly Mach.) A clamp or similar piece that embraces two
        other parts to hold or unite them in their respective or
        relative positions, as a strap connecting a slide valve to
        the valve stem, or the soft iron block or bar permanently
        connecting the pole pieces of an electromagnet, as in a
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     Neck yoke, Pig yoke. See under Neck, and Pig.
     Yoke elm (Bot.), the European hornbeam ({Carpinus
        Betulus), a small tree with tough white wood, often used
        for making yokes for cattle.
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