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1. The rail around the stern of a ship or boat.
2. The flat, often richly carved upper part of the stern of a wooden ship.
[Alteration of tafferel, carved panel, from Dutch tafereel, panel for carving or painting, from Middle Dutch tafeleel, tafereel, from Old French tablel; see tableau.]
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1. (Nautical Terms) a rail at the stern or above the transom of a vessel
2. (Nautical Terms) the upper part of the transom of a vessel, esp a sailing vessel, often ornately decorated
[C19: changed (through influence of rail1) from earlier tafferel, from Dutch taffereel panel (hence applied to the part of a vessel decorated with carved panels), variant of tafeleel (unattested), from tafel table]
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1. the upper part of the stern of a ship.
2. a rail above the stern of a ship.
[1805–15; earlier taffarel < Middle Dutch tafereel, variant (by dissimilation) of tafeleel < dial. French tavlel tableau]
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n (Naut) → Heckreling f
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