Taffrail meaning

tăfrāl, -rəl
The rail around the stern of a vessel.
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The flat upper part of the stern of a vessel, made of wood and often richly carved.
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A protective rail around the weather deck at the stern of a ship.
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(nautical) The curved wooden top of the stern of a sailing man-of-war or East Indiaman, usually carved or decorated.
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(nautical) The rail around the stern of a ship.
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(nautical) The deck area at the stern of a vessel.
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Origin of taffrail

  • Alteration of tafferel carved panel from Dutch tafereel panel for carving or painting from Middle Dutch tafeleel, tafereel from Old French tablel tableau

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • By false alteration of either tafferel or aft + rail.

    From Wiktionary