trysail

[trahy-seyl; Nautical trahy-suh l]
noun Nautical.
  1. a triangular or quadrilateral sail having its luff hooped or otherwise bent to a mast, used for lying to or keeping a vessel headed into the wind; spencer.

Origin of trysail

First recorded in 1760–70; try + sail
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trysail

noun
  1. a small fore-and-aft sail, triangular or square, set on the mainmast of a sailing vessel in foul weather to help keep her head to the windAlso called: storm trysail
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