Definition of knighthead
1 : one of two timbers rising in the bows of a wooden ship just within the stem with one on each side of the bowsprit —called also bollard timber
2 : a triangular bulkhead just abaft the cutwater with a hole through which the bowsprit of a ship passes
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Origin and Etymology of knighthead
so called from its having been carved to represent knights
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