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  • Forecastle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The forecastle, a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed; -- the spelling is intended to reflect the common pronunciation among seamen.

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  • n. living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Malahini had begun shoving her bow and fo'c'sle head under the bigger ones, and at times her waist was filled rail-high with water.


  • A trawl through online lyric sites tells me that the jury is still out on whether Buckley sings 'fox' or 'fo'c'sle'.

    Readers' Reviews

  • What she sings on the Mortal Coil version is neither 'fox' nor 'fo'c'sle' but something akin to 'forsale'.

    Readers' Reviews

  • Reuben Male, Robert Sinclair, and Samuel Honey — Terror's fo'c'sle captain, Erebus's foretop captain, and Terror's blacksmith, respectively — stepped forward.

    The Terror

  • He now slept in the same Tent with Charles Des Voeux; his purser, Charles Hamilton Osmer (who was showing signs of pneumonia); William Bell (Erebus's quartermaster); and Phillip Reddington, Sir John's and Captain Fitzjames's former captain of the fo'c'sle.

    The Terror

  • Reuben Male, the captain of the fo'c'sle and an inventive type, had worked with Old Murray the sailmaker to make up these packs for all the men, so naturally the seamen called them Male Bags.

    The Terror

  • Could a captain of the fo'c'sle, a captain of the foretop, and a blacksmith sail HMS Terror almost two hundred miles south through a maze of leads?

    The Terror

  • Nor had Francis Crozier trusted Lieutenant George Henry Hodgson, his captain of the fo'c'sle, Reuben Male, or Erebus captain of the foretop Robert Sinclair since that day of near mutiny back at Hospital Camp more than a month earlier.

    The Terror

  • Reuben Male, captain of the fo'c'sle, had watch and work-party officer duty, and Irving found him by following the faint glow to the other man's lantern on the port side.

    The Terror

  • Bridgens, everyone in the Beagle fo'c'sle and in the Navy knew, was the former — a man who liked men when ashore but who never bragged of it nor brought his inclinations to sea.

    The Terror


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  • 'Foksul', I think. It's an abbrevition of forecastle.

    January 24, 2008

  • I really don't get this one. Is it pronounced "fo-shizzle?"

    January 24, 2008

  • surely 'tis


    'tisn't it?

    January 23, 2008