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gaff topsail

noun, Nautical
1.
Also called fore-and-aft topsail. a jib-headed fore-and-aft sail set above a gaff.
2.
a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail set above the spanker of a bark, between the gaff of the spanker and an upper gaff.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95
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