graplin

grapnel

[grap-nl]
noun
1.
a device consisting essentially of one or more hooks or clamps, for grasping or holding something; grapple; grappling iron.
2.
a small anchor with three or more flukes, used for grappling or dragging or for anchoring a small boat, as a skiff.
Also called grapeline, graplin, grapline [grap-lin] .


Origin:
1325–75; Middle English grapnel(l), diminutive of Old French grapin, diminutive of grape hook, grape

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grapnel (ˈɡræpnəl)
 
n
1.  a device with a multiple hook at one end and attached to a rope, which is thrown or hooked over a firm mooring to secure an object attached to the other end of the rope
2.  a light anchor for small boats
 
[C14: from Old French grapin a little hook, from grape a hook; see grape]

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grapnel
1373, Anglo-Fr. dim. of O.Fr. grapil "hook," from grape "hook" (see grape).
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