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mast cloth

noun, Nautical
1.
a partial lining sewed to the back of a square sail to prevent chafing from contact with the mast.
2.
Also called mast cover. a cloth covering part of a mast to protect it against smoke from a funnel.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45
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