One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A piece of wood fastened to the centre of a yard and secured by a parrel, in order to steady the yard against the rolling movements of the ship.
2A fin-like projection fitted under the bilge or along the hull in order to counteract the hull's tendency to roll.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Arthur Young (fl. 1846).
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