The word "burgee" has two meanings. First, with reference to flag shape, the word denotes any flag that ends in a swallowtail; this type of flag can be made either straight (e.g., International Code of Signals flags A and B) or tapering (e.g., the State flag of the US state of Ohio). Second, the word is used to mean a distinguishing flag, regardless of its shape, of a recreational boating organization, such as a yacht or sailing club. Many --in fact, the majority of-- such organizational flags are actually made in a pennant shape (i.e., a three-sided flag), but they are nevertheless all referred to as 'burgees.'
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