One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large jib or foresail whose foot extends aft of the mast, used especially on racing yachts.
- ‘The Swan 36 comes with a fully battened mainsail and roller furling genoa as standard equipment.’
- ‘Some have added an overlapping genoa to help in this regard, but these are not allowed by one-design racing rules which limit the sail inventory.’
- ‘I have seen others opt for a cutter-type arrangement leaving the small jib and adding a genoa.’
- ‘The fear was put into perspective by one crew member who believed when he heard the flapping of the genoa caused by the halyard coming away that there was a helicopter overhead to rescue us.’
- ‘You will not win any popularity contests in your anchorage when (not if) the genoa unfurls in the middle of a storm.’
2A rich fruit cake with almonds on top.
- ‘Lighter cakes, made with less fruit, to be eaten at teatime or for snacks, include Genoa cake.’
- ‘John had put the coffee and Genoa cake on it, with little doilies.’
- ‘As usual, we shared our selection, a piece of apricot and almond sponge and a square of Genoa cake which was full of fruit.’
A seaport on the north-western coast of Italy, capital of Liguria region; population 611,171 (2008). It was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.Italian name Genova
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