headrope

noun

1
obsolete : a rope leading from a masthead as a stay
2
a
: a part of a boltrope that is sewed along the upper edge of a sail
b
: a rope along the upper edge of a fishnet
3
a
: a rope at the head of an animal (as for tying or leading it)
b
: headfast
4
: agal

Word History

Etymology

Middle English hedrope, from hed head + rope

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of headrope was in the 13th century

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“Headrope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headrope. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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