trysail

noun
try·​sail | \ ˈtrī-ˌsāl , ˈtrī-səl\

Definition of trysail

: a fore-and-aft sail bent to a gaff and hoisted on a lower mast or a small mast close abaft

First Known Use of trysail

1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trysail

obsolete at try lying to

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The first known use of trysail was in 1769

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