chess·​tree | \ ˈchesˌtrē \

Definition of chesstree

: a piece of wood with a sheave or sheaves formerly bolted in the topsides of a ship and through which a tack or sheet was rove

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History and Etymology for chesstree

perhaps by folk etymology from French châssis framework

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“Chesstree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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