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Pronunciation /ˈmɪzntɒp/
A platform just above the head of the mizzen-mast, designed to spread the shrouds of the topmast and the topgallant mast.

Late 15th century. From mizzen + top.


Standing on the mizzen-top is easier than bracing on the footropes below the yards, but a square rig sailor must be prepared to do both.

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