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2008-12-31 13:22:11

A would-be treasure hunter believes he has found a sunken boat carrying a fortune in gold on a ranch in South Texas and argues it is in a navigable waterway. Nathan Smith testified this week at a hearing in Houston to determine whether he should be given permission to dig, the Houston Chronicle reported.


Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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