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- n. A small two-masted vessel during the Age of Sail, typically carrying 12 guns, comprising two long guns in the chase position and ten carronades on the broadsides. In the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars this term implied an armed brig smaller than a brig-sloop.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete sailing vessel of war with two square-rigged masts, and generally of less than 500 tons burden.
Compounded from gun and brig. (Wiktionary)