hounds

plural noun
\ˈhau̇n(d)z \

Definition of hounds 

: the framing at the masthead of a ship that supports the heel of the topmast and the upper parts of the lower rigging

First Known Use of hounds

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hounds

Middle English houne, from Old Norse hūnn knob at the top of a masthead

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