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Marconi rig

noun \mär-ˈkō-nē-\

Definition of MARCONI RIG

:  a fore-and-aft rig in which the sails are triangular and are not supported by gaffs

Origin of MARCONI RIG

probably from the resemblance of the complex arrangement of stays and struts to that used to support the antennae used in wireless telegraphy, invented by Guglielmo Marconi
First Known Use: 1916

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