Meaning of jackass bark

jack'ass bark"

Pronunciation: [key]
— Naut. Naut.
  1. a barkentine square-rigged on the mainmast above a gaff mainsail.
  2. Also calleda sailing ship having four or more masts, the foremast and mainmast being wholly square-rigged, the others being fore-and-aft-rigged.
  3. any sailing ship of three or more masts carrying an otherwise nameless rig.
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