knighthead

noun

Definition of knighthead

  1. 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. 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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