An aglet or aiglet is
the little plastic or metal cladding on the end of
shoelaces that keeps the
twine from unraveling. The word comes from the latin word
acus which means needle. In times past, aglets
were usually made of metal though some were glass or stone.
Many were highly ornamental, and made of
precious metals such as
silver. Before the invention of
buttons, they were used
on the ends of
ribbons to fasten clothing
together. Sometimes they would be formed into small figures.
Shakespeare calls this type of figure an "aglet
The Taming of the Shrew. Purely decorative metal
ornaments called aigullette are sometimes features of modern
military dress uniforms.
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