from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A turban-shaped knot made by winding a smaller rope around a larger one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A knot of turbanlike form worked on a rope with a piece of small line.
- n. The melon cactus.
- n. Any of several species of Echinocactus.
- n. A long-handled, round-headed broom for sweeping ceilings, etc.
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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.