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cathead

[ kat-hed ]
/ ˈkætˌhɛd /
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noun Nautical.

a projecting timber or metal beam to which an anchor is hoisted and secured.

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Origin of cathead

First recorded in 1620–30; cat + head
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British Dictionary definitions for cathead

cathead
/ (ˈkætˌhɛd) /

noun

a fitting at the bow of a vessel for securing the anchor when raised
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