bow oar


Definition of bow oar

1 : the oar used by the rower nearest the bow sometimes : the foremost oar but one in a whaleboat
2 : one who pulls the bow oar

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“Bow oar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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