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1 The after part of the bow of a square-rigged ship just before the chesstrees, at the point where the side planking—or plates when iron or steel was used for the hulls of large sailing ships—begins to curve in towards the stem of the ship. The term is now obsolete, and only ever applied to sailing ships.

2 The old word, sometimes also written as loofe, meaning luff.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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