Definition of bagreef

1 : the lower reef of fore-and-aft sails
2 : a single reef in a square topsail

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First Known Use of bagreef

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bagreef

bag entry 2 + reef; from its use in preventing a large sail from bagging

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“Bagreef.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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