from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A carved panel
- n. The flat upper part of a ship's stern above the transom, often decorated with carvings
- n. The taffrail
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. “The upper part of the stern of a vessel” (Totten); “the uppermost part, frame, or rail of a ship behind, over the poop” (Phillips, 1706).
- n. Same as taffrail (which is now the usual form in this sense).
From Dutch tafereel, a panel, picture, diminutive of tafel, table. Dutch from the Latin tabula, table. (Wiktionary)