foul anchor

noun
variants: or

fouled anchor

Definition of foul anchor

  1. 1a :  an anchor whose cable has become twisted around the stock or fluke b :  an anchor that has hooked or become entangled with another anchor

  2. 2 :  a conventionalized anchor with a section of cable entwined about its shank or hanging from its ring used on nautical insignia, seals, or pennants

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