lateen sail definition

  • noun:
    • A triangular sail, extended by a long garden, which can be slung at about one fourth of its size from the lower end, to a decreased mast, this end becoming brought straight down at tack, whilst various other end is raised at an angle or just around forty-five levels; -- found in tiny ships, feluccas, xebecs, etc., especially in the Mediterranean and adjacent seas. Some lateen sails have a boom on reduced side.
    • a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean

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