grapenel

grapenel
graple

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • grapenel — grapenel(le obs. forms of grapnel …   Useful english dictionary

  • grapenelle — grapenel(le obs. forms of grapnel …   Useful english dictionary

  • Grapnel — Grap nel, n. [OE. grapenel, dim. fr. F. grappin the grapple of a ship; of German origin. See {Grape}.] (Naut.) A small anchor, with four or five flukes or claws, used to hold boats or small vessels; hence, any instrument designed to grapple or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grapnel — noun Etymology: Middle English grapenel, from Anglo French grapinel, diminutive of Middle French grapin, diminutive of Old French grape hook, grape stalk, bunch of grapes more at grape Date: 14th century a small anchor with usually four or five… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • grapnel — /ˈgræpnəl / (say grapnuhl) noun 1. a device consisting essentially of one or more hooks or clamps, for grasping or holding something; a grapple; grappling hook. 2. a small anchor with three or more flukes. {Middle English grapenel, diminutive of… …  

  • grap|nel — «GRAP nuhl», noun. 1. an instrument with one or more hooks for seizing and holding something; grapple; grappling iron. Grapnels thrown by ropes were once used for catching onto an enemy s ship. 2. a small anchor with three or more hooks. 3. any… …   Useful english dictionary

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