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  • n. a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail suspended from a gaff


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  • Her foremast carried an immense lateen sail, her pole mainmast three square sails that could be dropped to the main deck for reefing, and her mizzen a gaffsail, with a square topsail above it.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • Her gaffsail boom was lengthened by a flagstaff, so that on festive occasions (and such it appeared Hadelin considered our departure to be) an overwrought banner could be hung over the water.

    The Urth of the New Sun


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