clove hitch

noun \ˈklōv-\

Definition of CLOVE HITCH

:  a knot securing a rope temporarily to an object (as a post or spar) and consisting of a turn around the object, over the standing part, around the object again, and under the last turn — see knot illustration


Middle English cloven, clove divided, from past participle of clevien to cleave
First Known Use: circa 1769


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