heals, m.n: the neck, the prow of a ship. (HEH-als / ˈhɛals)

Medieval manuscript image of a ship docked beside a walled city; a giant, long-necked bird walks down a ramp that extends from a tower down the prow.
Smithfield Decretals; S France, c. 1300; British Library Royal MS 10 E IV, f. 208v. [bl.uk]

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