bowsprit

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Bowsprit
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Etymology[edit]

First attested in late XIII century. Probably a borrowing from Middle Low German bochspret, from boch ‎(bow of a ship) +‎ spret ‎(pole).

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Noun[edit]

bowsprit ‎(plural bowsprits)

  1. (nautical) A spar projecting over the prow of a sailing vessel to provide the means of adding sail surface.

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