oarlocks

oarlock

[awr-lok, ohr-]
noun
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:
before 1100; Middle English orlok, Old English ārloc. See oar, lock1

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oarlock (ˈɔːˌlɒk)
 
n
(US), (Canadian) Also called: rowlock a swivelling device attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds an oar in place and acts as a fulcrum during rowing

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