spritsail

noun
sprit·​sail | \ˈsprit-ˌsāl, -səl\

Definition of spritsail 

1 : a sail extended by a sprit

2 : a sail formerly set on a yard beneath the bowsprit

First Known Use of spritsail

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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