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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 of knighthead
1705-1715
1705-15; knight + head
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  • A tremendous sea boiled in over the knight heads and swept aft, burying the Quickstep until nothing showed but her upper works.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for knight heads

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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