pom·mel (pŭməl, pŏm-)
tr.v. pom·meled, pom·mel·ing, pom·melsalso pom·melled , pom·mel·ling ,
To beat; pummel.
1. The upper front part of a saddle; a saddlebow.
2. Either of the two rounded handles on top of a pommel horse.
3. A knob on the hilt of a sword or similar weapon used to provide a more secure grip on the weapon or to counterbalance the blade.
[From Middle English pomel, a pommel, from Old French , diminutive of pom, ball, fruit, from Latin pōmum, fruit.]
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