Shoulder-of-mutton sail

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shoulder-of-mutton sail (Naut) a triangular sail carried on a boat's mast; -- so called from its shape.
    • Shoulder-of-mutton sail (Naut) a triangular sail of peculiar form. It is chiefly used to set on a boat's mast.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Shoulder-of-mutton sail a kind of triangular sail of peculiar form, used mostly in boats, very handy and safe, particularly as a mizzen
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sculder, sculdor; Ger. schulter, Dut. schouder.

Usage

In literature:

Some carried one, some two masts, with sails of matting, of shoulder-of-mutton shape.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
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