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rudderstock

or rud·der stock

[ ruhd-er-stok ]
/ ˈrʌd ərˌstɒk /
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noun Nautical.
the vertical member at the forward edge of a rudder, hinged at the sternpost and attached to the helm or steering gear.
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Origin of rudderstock

First recorded in 1860–65; rudder + stock
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