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Trepan may refer to:

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language hat  •  Link

That was the Companion's definition.
The OED has a perhaps better one:
'A person who entraps or decoys others into actions or positions which may be to his advantage and to their ruin or loss.'

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

Trapan, Trepan
3 distinct meanings; an expansion on LH's neat input.
ME trepane carpenters tool , auger, to bore
trick or trap

1. A person who entraps or decoys others into actions or positions which may be to his advantage and to their ruin or loss. Also applied to an animal (quot. 1686).
1641 T. JORDAN Walks of Islington II. ii. (1657) Dijb, If we had known you had been a Trapan, you should ne'r have been admitted into our company. 1653 (title) The Total Rout, or a Brief Discovery Of a Pack of Knaves and Drabs, intituled Pimps, Panders, Hectors, Trapans, Nappers, Mobs, and Spanners

1. A surgical instrument in the form of a crown-saw, for cutting out small pieces of bone, esp. from the skull.
1525 tr. Jerome of Brunswick's Surg. xxxiv. Hj/2 If the bone be stronge, bore ther throughe many holes with the trappane.

2. A military engine formerly used in sieges: ? for boring holes in walls. Obs.

GrahamT  •  Link

Trapan: a trick or snare

indoctus  •  Link

from an excert of Samuel Johnsons Dictionary: edited by Jack Lynch {cheap} at B&N : Trepan
Trepan n.s. [ Fr trepan]
1. an instrument by which chirurgeons cut out round pieces of the skull.
2 Snare : a stratagem by which any one is ensnared
[Skinner assigns for the reason, that some English ships in queen Elizabeth's reign being invited, with great shew of friendship, into Trapani, a part of Sicily, were there detained ]
Roscommon is quoted "But what a thoughtless animal is man,
How very active in is own trepan.
South's Sermans : Can there be any thing of friendship in snares, books, and trepans.
i.e. Trapped

Bill  •  Link

To TREPAN, to ensnare or decoy.
---An Universal English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.

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