taffrail

noun
taff·rail | \ˈtaf-ˌrāl, -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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