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oarlock

[awr-lok, ohr-] /ˈɔrˌlɒk, ˈoʊr-/
noun
1.
any of various devices providing a pivot for an oar in rowing, especially a swiveling, crutchlike or ringlike metal device projecting above a gunwale.
Also called rowlock.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English orlok, Old English ārloc. See oar, lock1
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oarlock

/ˈɔːˌlɒk/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a swivelling device attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds an oar in place and acts as a fulcrum during rowing Also called rowlock
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Word Origin and History for oarlock
n.

mid-14c., from oar + lock (n.1).

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