gaff-topsail

noun
gaff-top·​sail | \ ˈgaf-ˈtäp-ˌsāl How to pronounce gaff-topsail (audio) , -səl \

Definition of gaff-topsail

: a usually triangular topsail with its foot extended upon the gaff — see sail illustration

First Known Use of gaff-topsail

1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Gaff-topsail.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaff-topsail. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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