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knighthead

[nahyt-hed] /ˈnaɪtˌhɛd/
noun, Nautical
1.
either of a pair of upright members flanking and securing the bowsprit of a ship at the bow, often used as mooring bitts; apostle.
2.
a plate at the fore end of a topgallant forecastle, on an iron or steel sailing ship, through which a spike bowsprit passes.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; knight + head
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knighthead

/ˈnaɪtˌhɛd/
noun
1.
(nautical) either of a pair of vertical supports for each side of the bowsprit
Word Origin
C18: originally decorated with carvings of knights' heads
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