- either of a pair of upright members flanking and securing the bowsprit of a ship at the bow, often used as mooring bitts; apostle.
- 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
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- nautical either of a pair of vertical supports for each side of the bowsprit
C18: originally decorated with carvings of knights' heads