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From Dutch tafereel, a panel, picture, diminutive of tafel, table. Dutch from the Latin tabula, table.


tafferel (plural tafferels)

  1. A carved panel
  2. (nautical) The flat upper part of a ship's stern above the transom, often decorated with carvings
  3. (nautical) The taffrail
    • 1837, Edmund Roberts, Embassy to the eastern courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat in the U. S. sloop-of-war Peacock, David Geisinger, Commander, during the years 1832-3-4, New York: Harper & Brothers, Chapter XVIII, p. 272, [1]
      A true Chinese junk is a great curiosity; the model must have been taken originally from a bread-trough, being broad and square at both ends—when light, (I speak of a large one,) it is full thirty feet from the surface of the water to the tafferel, or the highest part of the poop.
    • 1854, Henry David Thoreau, Walden, New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1910, Chapter XVIII, pp. 422-3, [2]
      Yet we should oftener look over the tafferel of our craft, like curious passengers, and not make the voyage like stupid sailors picking oakum.