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[grap-nl] /ˈgræp nl/

a device consisting essentially of one or more hooks or clamps, for grasping or holding something; grapple; grappling iron.
a small anchor with three or more flukes, used for grappling or dragging or for anchoring a small boat, as a skiff.
a device with a multiple hook at one end and attached to a rope, which is thrown or hooked over a firm mooring to secure an object attached to the other end of the rope
a light anchor for small boats

“small hook,” late 14c., Anglo-French diminutive of grapon, from Old French grapil, grapin “hook,” diminutive of grape “hook” (see grape). Earlier form was grapel (see grapple).


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