Archaic Definition of the Week – Nuts (of the anchor)

ADOTWNUTS of the anchor, two little prominencies, appearing like short square bars of iron, fixed across the upper part of the anchor-shank, to secure the stock thereof in its place; for which purpose there is a corresponding notch, or channel, cut in the opposite parts of the stock, of the same dimensions with the nuts.

-William Falconer’s Dictionary of the Marine.

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