[sprit-seyl; Nautical sprit-suh l]

noun Nautical.

a sail extended by a sprit.

Origin of spritsail

1425–75; late Middle English sprete seyle (see sprit, sail); compare Dutch sprietzeil
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noun nautical

a rectangular sail mounted on a sprit in some 19th-century small vessels
(in medieval rigging) a square sail mounted on a yard on the bowsprit
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