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- noun nautical The top and foremost end of a
stemon a marine vessel.
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So the new sixty-footer had a bottle of wine from the Abbott cellar broken over her brass-bound stemhead as her bows sliced into the salt water, and Nelly's clear treble chanted:
Soon we knew that she must be the ship of some great chief, for her broad sail was striped with red and white, and the sun gleamed and sparkled from gilding on her high stemhead, and from the gilded truck of the mast.
It was just as if they had spied us, and I half expected to see the tall stemhead of the ship come towering through the thickness over our rail.