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:
1785–95

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gaff topsail

noun
a triangular fore-and-aft sail with its foot along the gaff and its luff on the topmast 
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It broke off about eight feet from the deck, and with it went the main boom, mainsail and gaff topsail.
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