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 for grappling iron
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grappling \Grap"pling\, n.
     1. A laying fast ho1d of; also, that by which anything is
        seized and held, a grapnel.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A grapple; a struggle. A match for yards in fight, in
        grappling for the bear. --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Grappling iron, a hooked iron used for grappling and
        holding fast a vessel or other object.
  
     Grappling tongs, broad-mouthed tongs for gathering oysters.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  grappling iron
      n 1: a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and
           holding; often thrown with a rope [syn: grapnel,
           grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron]

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