From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bollard \Bol"lard\, n. [Cf. Bole the stem of a tree, and
   An upright wooden or iron post in a boat or on a dock, used
   in veering or fastening ropes.
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   Bollard timber (Naut.), a timber, also called a knighthead,
      rising just within the stem in a ship, on either side of
      the bowsprit, to secure its end.
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