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An old name for the rope used to haul down the sheet blocks of the fore and main courses of a square-rigged ship when they were hauled aft. This was done when it was required to sail the ship large. The name may possibly have come from the Adriatic, where a ‘passaro’ was the lacing used to make fast the foot of a sail to the yard of a trabacolo.

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