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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fig·ure·head /ˈfɪg(j)ɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fig·ure·head n.
 1. Naut. The figure, statue, or bust, on the prow of a ship.
 2. A person who allows his name to be used to give standing to enterprises in which he has no responsible interest or duties; a nominal, but not real, head or chief.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
           [syn: front man, front, nominal head, straw man,
      2: figure on the bow of some sailing vessels