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spritsail

[sprit-seyl; Nautical sprit-suh l] /ˈsprɪtˌseɪl; Nautical ˈsprɪt səl/
noun, Nautical
1.
a sail extended by a sprit.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English sprete seyle (see sprit, sail); compare Dutch sprietzeil
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British Dictionary definitions for spritsails

spritsail

/ˈsprɪtˌseɪl; nautical ˈsprɪtsəl/
noun (nautical)
1.
a rectangular sail mounted on a sprit in some 19th-century small vessels
2.
(in medieval rigging) a square sail mounted on a yard on the bowsprit
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