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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History and Etymology for knighthead

so called from its having been carved to represent knights

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a servile follower or underling

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