bateau


bateau

< /bæˈtoʊz; French baˈtoʊ/.

  1. Also batteau. Nautical.
    1. Chiefly Canadian and Southern U.S..a small, flat-bottomed rowboat used on rivers.
    2. a half-decked, sloop-rigged boat used for fishing on Chesapeake Bay; skipjack.
    3. (in some regions) a scow.
  2. a pontoon of a floating bridge.

noun plural -teaux (-təʊz, French -to)

  1. a light flat-bottomed boat used on rivers in Canada and the northern US
n.

French-Canadian river boat, 1711, from French bateau, from Old French batel, from Germanic (see boat (n.)).

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