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

  Thole \Thole\, n. [Written also thowel, and thowl.] [OE.
     thol, AS. [thorn]ol; akin to D. dol, Icel. [thorn]ollr a fir
     tree, a young fir, a tree, a thole.]
     1. A wooden or metal pin, set in the gunwale of a boat, to
        serve as a fulcrum for the oar in rowing. --Longfellow.
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     2. The pin, or handle, of a scythe snath.
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     Thole pin. Same as Thole.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Thowel \Thow"el\, Thowl \Thowl\, n. [See Thole.] (Naut.)
     (a) A thole pin.
     (b) A rowlock.
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               I would sit impatiently thinking with what an
               unusual amount of noise the oars worked in the
               thowels.                             --Dickens.
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