: 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

: a triangular bulkhead just abaft the cutwater with a hole through which the bowsprit of a ship passes

Word History


so called from its having been carved to represent knights

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“Knighthead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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