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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Buskin \Bus"kin\, n. [Prob. from OF. brossequin, or D. broosken. See Brodekin.] 1. A strong, protecting covering for the foot, coming some distance up the leg. [1913 Webster] The hunted red deer's undressed hide Their hairy buskins well supplied. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. A similar covering for the foot and leg, made with very thick soles, to give an appearance of elevation to the stature; -- worn by tragic actors in ancient Greece and Rome. Used as a symbol of tragedy, or the tragic drama, as distinguished from comedy. [1913 Webster] Great Fletcher never treads in buskins here, No greater Jonson dares in socks appear. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]