paunch mat

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paunch mat (plural paunch mats)

  1. (nautical) A thick mat made of strands of rope, used to prevent the yard or rigging from chafing.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for paunch mat in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)