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noun Nautical.
any of various sails set above the royals or skysails in light weather; jolly jumper.
any of various light upper staysails, studdingsails, or jibs.
(in yachting) any of various racing sails, as spinnakers or balloon jibs.
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Also called kite.

Origin of flying kite

First recorded in 1810–20
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