Grappling-iron, or Grapnel, (fr. grappin): an instrument used in naval or army engagements, and is distinct from the anchor. As the number of flukes varies it should be noticed. Some grappling-irons have double rings.
Argent, two grappling-irons in saltire sable, between four pears gules--STOFORD, Devon.
Azure, a chevron or between three grappling-irons, each of as many points and double-ringed argent--STEWYNE[Harl. MS. 1386]