the little plastic or metal cladding on the end of
that keeps the
twine from unraveling. The word comes from the latin word
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
. Before the invention of
, they were used
on the ends of
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.