One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The outermost plank or series of planks covering the gunwale or the heads of the frames in a wooden ship; = planeshear. Also (now rare): planking forming a shelf below the gunwale in a man-of-war.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Edinburgh Advertiser. Alteration of planeshear after plank; compare sheer.
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