billethead

noun

Definition of billethead

1 : a round piece of timber at the bow or stern of a whaleboat around which a harpoon line may be run out
2 : a scroll or ornamental carving used in place of a figurehead on a ship

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billet entry 3 + head

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“Billethead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/billethead. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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