crosstree

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crosstree (plural crosstrees)

  1. (nautical) A light timber or metal spreader fixed athwartships part way up a mast to spread the shrouds from higher up
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 35
      Your most usual point of perch is the head of the t’ gallant-mast, where you stand upon two thin parallel sticks (almost peculiar to whalemen) called the t’ gallant crosstrees.

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