taffrail

noun
taff·​rail | \ ˈtaf-ˌrāl How to pronounce taffrail (audio) , -rəl \

Definition of taffrail

1 : the upper part of the stern of a wooden ship
2 : a rail around the stern of a ship

First Known Use of taffrail

circa 1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for taffrail

modification of Dutch tafereel, from Middle Dutch, panel, from Old French tablel — more at tableau

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The first known use of taffrail was circa 1704

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“Taffrail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taffrail. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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