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knighthead

[nahyt-hed]
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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.
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Origin of knighthead

First recorded in 1705–15; knight + head
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British Dictionary definitions for knighthead

knighthead

noun
  1. nautical either of a pair of vertical supports for each side of the bowsprit
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Word Origin

C18: originally decorated with carvings of knights' heads
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