foresail

noun
fore·​sail | \ ˈfȯr-ˌsāl How to pronounce foresail (audio) , -səl \

Definition of foresail

1 : the lowest sail set on the foremast of a square-rigged ship or schooner — see sail illustration
2 : the sole or principal headsail (as of a sloop, cutter, or schooner)

First Known Use of foresail

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Foresail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foresail. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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