American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A turban-shaped knot made by winding a smaller rope around a larger one.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A knot of turbanlike form worked on a rope with a piece of small line.
- n. West Indies, California, California The melon cactus.
- n. California Any of several species of Echinocactus.
- n. Colloq. or Dial. A long-handled, round-headed broom for sweeping ceilings, etc.
“A curious vine hung like a rope, with Turk's-head knots about a foot apart on its whole length, like the hand-over-hand ropes of gymnasiums.”
“Britisher became the Turk's-head or Guy Fawkes, so to speak, of the”
“Kate," said I, "do you see what beauties these Turk's-head knots are?”
“The last I still retain, and use whenever I make up a bundle for the express; but before such mysteries -- to me -- as a Turk's-head and a double-wall, I merely bowed in reverence.”
“I do, but I had my revenge, for, after the Turk's-head adventure, she never slept without my Bible under her pillow.”
“And having paved the way, we treated her to the Turk's-head,' concluded”
“Only a Turk's-head broom, with phosphorus eyes, and a sheet round the handle,' said Theodora.”
“And when the Turk's-head broom swept it, with others, from the roof, Twinette was no longer in the little chamber below.”
“Turk's-head clew, and black as a tarred tackle-block, could be nothing else than the woolly pate of Snowball, the sea-cook!”
“I could point a rope, work a Turk's-head, or turn in an eye, as well as many an A.B. Not content with this, he built me a model of a ship, with her rigging complete.”
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