or par·ral

[par-uh l]


Nautical. a sliding ring or collar of rope, wood, or metal that confines a yard or the jaws of a gaff to the mast but allows vertical movement.

Origin of parrel

1425–75; late Middle English perell, variant of Middle English parail, aphetic variant of aparail apparel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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nautical a ring that holds the jaws of a boom to the mast but lets it slide up and down

Word Origin for parrel

C15: probably from obsolete aparail equipment, a variant of apparel
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Word Origin and History for parrel

late 15c., "binding that fixes a yard to a mast," from parel "equipment" (c.1400), earlier "apparel" (early 14c.), a shortening of apparel (n.).

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