pommel

A pommel is the rounded knob on a horse's saddle that a rider grips with one hand. The raised front of the saddle itself can also be called a pommel.

Some saddles, particularly the modern western type, have a metal grip at the front, known either as a horn or a pommel. Other saddles don't have this knob, but instead have a raised front edge that's also called the pommel. When pommel is used as a verb, it means "beat or strike repeatedly," a variation on the word pummel. The Old French root is pomel, "rounded knob," from the Latin word pomum, or "apple."

Primary Meanings of pommel

1.
v
strike, usually with the fist
2.
n
handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle
Full Definitions of pommel
1

v strike, usually with the fist

Synonyms:
biff, pummel
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
2

n handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle

Synonyms:
saddlebow
Types:
horn, saddle horn
a high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather)
Type of:
grip, handgrip, handle, hold
the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it

n a handgrip that a gymnast uses when performing exercises on a pommel horse

Type of:
grip, handgrip, handle, hold
the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it

n an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger

Synonyms:
knob
Type of:
decoration, ornament, ornamentation
something used to beautify

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