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Grapple plant

Source : Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Grapple \Grap"ple\, n. [See Grapple, v. t., and cf. Crapple.]
   1. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's
      hold. --Milton.

      (a) An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing
          and holding fast to an object; a grab.
      (b) (Naut.) A grappling iron.

                The iron hooks and grapples keen. --Spenser.

   {Grapple plant} (Bot.), a South African herb ({Herpagophytum
      leptocarpum}) having the woody fruits armed with long
      hooked or barbed thorns by which they adhere to cattle,
      causing intense annoyance.

   {Grapple shot} (Life-saving Service), a projectile, to which
      are attached hinged claws to catch in a ship's rigging or
      to hold in the ground; -- called also {anchor shot}.
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