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taffrail

[taf-reyl, -ruh l] /ˈtæfˌreɪl, -rəl/
noun, Nautical
1.
the upper part of the stern of a ship.
2.
a rail above the stern of a ship.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; syncopated variant of taffarel; -ai- spelling Dutch -ee-
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taffrail

/ˈtæfˌreɪl/
noun (nautical)
1.
a rail at the stern or above the transom of a vessel
2.
the upper part of the transom of a vessel, esp a sailing vessel, often ornately decorated
Word Origin
C19: changed (through influence of rail1) from earlier tafferel, from Dutch taffereel panel (hence applied to the part of a vessel decorated with carved panels), variant of tafeleel (unattested), from tafeltable
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Word Origin and History for taffrail
n.

1814, alteration of tafferel "upper panel on the stern of a ship (often ornamented)" (1704), earlier, "a carved panel" (1620s), from Dutch tafereel "panel for painting or carving," dissimulation from *tafeleel, diminutive of tafel "table," from the general West Germanic borrowing of Latin tabula "slab, board" (see table (n.)). The word developed in Dutch from the custom of ornamenting the high, flat stern of old sailing ships; spelling and sense altered in English by influence of rail (n.).

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