hermaphrodite brig

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a Hermaphrodite-brig


hermaphrodite brig (plural hermaphrodite brigs)

  1. (nautical) a two-masted sailing ship which has square sails on the foremast combined with a schooner rig on the mainmast (triangular topsail over a gaff mainsail). As such it has a mix of the two main types of sail plan, hence the term hermaphrodite.
    • 1846, Frederick Marryat, “The Privateersman”:
      About noon we saw a vessel on a wind to leeward of us, which was a source of great delight to us all, and we bore down to her. We soon made her out to be an hermaphrodite brig, under her close-reefed topsails and trysails.