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Noun: thole  thówl
  1. A holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
    - peg, pin, tholepin, rowlock [Brit], oarlock [N. Amer]

Derived forms: tholes

Type of: holder

Part of: dinghy, dory, rowboat [N. Amer], rowing boat [Brit]

Encyclopedia: Thole