Knighthead meaning

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Either of two timbers rising from the keel of a sailing ship and supporting the inner end of the bowsprit.
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A mitred backing timber which extends the after line of the rabbet in the stem to give extra support to the ends of the planks and the bowsprit.
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Either of two timbers rising from the keel of a sailing ship and supporting the inner end of the bowsprit.
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Origin of knighthead

  • From the fact that it was sometimes decorated with a carving of a man's head

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From knight + head; sometimes decorated with a carving of a man's head.

    From Wiktionary