rough-tree rail


Definition of rough-tree rail

: the rail at the top of a ship's main bulwarks and below the topgallant bulwarks

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First Known Use of rough-tree rail

1780, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rough-tree rail

rough-tree small timber used as a rail (perhaps alteration of rooftree) + rail

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“Rough-tree rail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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