bonaventure mizzen


[bon-uh-ven-cher, bon-uh-ven-]
noun Nautical.
a mast fitted with a lateen sail (bonaventure mizzen) or lugsail, situated behind the mizzenmast at or near the stern, used in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

1490–1500; < Italian buonaventura literally, good luck. See bonus, venture Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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