Billethead
Billethead Bil"let*head` (b[i^]l"l[e^]t*h[e^]d), n. (Naut.) A round piece of timber at the bow or stern of a whaleboat, around which the harpoon line is run out when the whale darts off. [1913 Webster]

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  • billethead — /bil it hed /, n. Naut. a carved ornamental scroll or volute terminating a stem or cutwater at its upper end in place of a figurehead. Also called scrollhead. [1830 40; BILLET2 + HEAD] * * * …   Universalium

  • billethead — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: billet (III) + head 1. : a round piece of timber at the bow or stern of a whaleboat around which a harpoon line may be run out 2. : a scroll or ornamental carving used in place of a figurehead on a ship * * * /bil… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • fiddlehead — /fid l hed /, n. 1. Naut. a billethead having a form similar to the volute carved at the upper end of a violin. 2. the young, coiled frond of various species of ferns, eaten as a vegetable. [1790 1800; FIDDLE + HEAD] * * * …   Universalium

  • figurehead — /fig yeuhr hed /, n. 1. a person who is head of a group, company, etc., in title but actually has no real authority or responsibility: Most modern kings and queens are figureheads. 2. Naut. a carved full length figure or bust built into the bow… …   Universalium

  • scrollhead — /skrohl hed /, n. Naut. billethead. [1865 70; SCROLL + HEAD] * * * …   Universalium

  • scrollhead — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : an ornamental curved timber at the prow of a ship * * * /skrohl hed /, n. Naut. billethead. [1865 70; SCROLL + HEAD] …   Useful english dictionary

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