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mast cloth

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noun Nautical.
  1. a partial lining sewed to the back of a square sail to prevent chafing from contact with the mast.
  2. Also called mast cover. a cloth covering part of a mast to protect it against smoke from a funnel.
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Origin of mast cloth

First recorded in 1635–45
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