grapnel

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noun grap·nel \ ˈgrap-nᵊl \

Definition of grapnel

:a small anchor with usually four or five flukes used especially to recover a sunken object or to anchor a small boat — see anchor illustration

Origin and Etymology of grapnel

Middle English grapenel, from Anglo-French grapinel, diminutive of Middle French grapin, diminutive of Old French grape hook, grape stalk, bunch of grapes — more at grape



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