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bowsprit

Nautical a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel, esp a sailing vessel, used to carry the headstay as far forward as possible

bowsprit

[′bau̇‚sprit]
(naval architecture)
A large spar that projects forward from the forward end of a sailing ship, used to carry sails and support the masts by stays.
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