[hohld-fast, -fahst] /ˈhoʊldˌfæst, -ˌfɑst/

something used to hold or secure a thing in place; a catch, hook, clamp, etc.
Botany, Mycology. any of several rootlike or suckerlike organs or parts serving for attachment.

any device used to secure an object, such as a hook, clamp, etc
the organ of attachment of a seaweed or related plant


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