chesstree

noun

chess·​tree
ˈchesˌtrē
: 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

Word History

Etymology

perhaps by folk etymology from French châssis framework

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“Chesstree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chesstree. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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