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Rode is the entire linkage to the anchor, chain and/or rope.
It is possibly just an adopted noun from the verb "ride" (the ship rode at its anchor before sailing on the ebbing tide) but as with many words the etymology is not clear. One thought is that is comes from directly from the Latin rude, rudens, which means "rope". I am not an expert but I understand that the Latin context was nautical and the word was also used where we would say "tackle" and "cable".
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