noun chess·tree \ˈchesˌtrē\

Definition of chesstree

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of chesstree

perhaps by folk etymology from French châssis framework — more at chassis

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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