spritsails

spritsail

[sprit-seyl; Nautical sprit-suhl]
noun Nautical.
a sail extended by a sprit.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English sprete seyle (see sprit, sail); compare Dutch sprietzeil

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spritsail (ˈsprɪtˌseɪl, nautical ˈsprɪtsəl)
 
n
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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