toggle iron

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English[edit]

Whaling harpoon with a toggle iron at its point
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Etymology[edit]

From the resemblance of the pivoted crosspiece to a toggle

Noun[edit]

toggle iron (plural toggle irons)

  1. A harpoon with one or more pivoted crosspieces in a mortise near the point to prevent it from being drawn out when a whale, shark, or other animal, is harpooned.