pommel

[ puhm-uh l, pom- ]SEE DEFINITION OF pommel

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POMMEL

No maker's name, but the date 1638 is stamped upon the pommel.

He threw a leg over the pommel of his saddle and the three men halted in a group.

De Spain raised his right hand from his thigh to the pommel of his saddle.

He had clenched his teeth and clung to the pommel desperately.

She turned and put her hand on the pommel, and sprang into the saddle.

The two swords sparkled from point to pommel like two diamond pins.

The First Sergeant was talking gently, leaning over his pommel.

"I'd like to be sure of that," he answered, his gloved hand on the pommel.

Maqueda answered, striking the pommel of her saddle with her small hand.

The pommel was probably globular, and formed of lead or some heavy material.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "ornamental knob;" c.1300, "knob at the end of a sword hilt," from Old French pomel (12c., Modern French pommeau), "rounded knob," diminutive of pom "hilt of a sword," from Late Latin pomellum, diminutive of Latin pomum "apple" (see Pomona), the connecting notion being "roundness." Sense of "front peak of a saddle" first recorded mid-15c. In Middle English poetry it also sometimes meant a woman's breast. The gymnast's pommel horse is attested from 1908.

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