taffrail

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English[edit]

Naval Captain on the Poop Deck Taffrail, by William Heysmann Overend

Etymology[edit]

From either tafferel or aft rail, by false alteration.

Noun[edit]

taffrail (plural taffrails)

  1. (nautical) The curved wooden top of the stern of a sailing man-of-war or East Indiaman, usually carved or decorated.
  2. (nautical) The rail around the stern of a ship.
  3. (nautical) The deck area at the stern of a vessel.

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