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A word used, though rarely by sailors, to describe the forward end of a vessel. It was also a term used in the 16th and 17th centuries to denote the fore gun-deck of a naval vessel where the bow-chasers were mounted, and later, in the 17th and 18th centuries, as specifically indicating the beak of a felucca or a xebec.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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