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cat +‎ head


cathead (plural catheads)

  1. (nautical) A heavy piece of timber projecting from each side of the bow of a ship for holding anchors which were fitted with a stock in position for letting go or for securing after weighing.
  2. Similar rigging on the outside of a building.
  3. Short for cathead biscuit.
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, chapter 6, in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings[1], New York: Bantam, published 1971, page 30:
      The trick to eating catheads was to get the butter on them before they got cold—then they were delicious. When, unluckily, they were allowed to get cold, they tended to a gooeyness, not unlike a wad of tired gum.

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