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date: 04 December 2020

gingerbread, or gingerbread work, 

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The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea
Author(s):
 Dear Dear, Peter KempPeter Kemp

the gilded scroll work and carving with which the hulls of large ships, particularly men-of-war and East Indiamen of the 15th to 18th centuries, were decorated. ‘To take some of the gilt off the gingerbread’, an act which diminishes the full enjoyment of the whole.... ...

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