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arch board

noun, Nautical
a distinctive area at the upper part of a stern, curving upward toward the center and giving the name and port of the vessel within a carved and painted frame; escutcheon. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The arch-board, or part whereon the ship's name and port are painted.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth

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