clove hitch

\ ˈklōv- How to pronounce clove hitch (audio) \

Definition of clove hitch

: a knot securing a rope temporarily to an object (such 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

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Philpott described the overhand and clove hitch knots found on the body as common in nautical uses. Pauline Repard,, "Expert mariner shows how knots tied on Rebecca Zahau," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of clove hitch

circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clove hitch

Middle English cloven, clove divided, from past participle of clevien to cleave

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