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oarlock (n.)

"hole or indentation in the gunwale of a boat where an oar rests," mid-14c., or-lok, from oar + lock (n.1).

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Definitions of oarlock

oarlock (n.)
a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing;
Synonyms: peg / pin / thole / tholepin / rowlock
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