A ships wheel with brass binnacle behind it.
the upright, cylindrical stand holding a ship's compass, usually located near the helm
Origin of binnacleformerly bittacle ; from Portuguese bitacola ; from Classical Latin habitaculum, dwelling ; from habitare, inhabit
A case that supports and protects a ship's compass, located near the helm.
Origin of binnacleAlteration of Middle English bitakille, from Old Spanish bitácula or from Old Portuguese bitácola, both from Latin habitāculum, habitation, from habitāre, to inhabit; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.