One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A projection at the prow of an ancient warship, typically shaped to resemble the head of a bird or other animal.
bow, bows, stem, fore, forepart, front, head, nose, cutwaterView synonyms
- ‘They nailed the bough to the beakhead of the ship.’
- ‘The 104-foot ship was undergoing maintenance when workers discovered that the beakhead, a piece of wood on the ship's bow, had started to rot.’
- ‘The ship was, of course, a warship whose primary offensive weapon was a beakhead or ram at the waterline.’
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