pinnace


pinnace

noun

  1. a light sailing ship, especially one formerly used in attendance on a larger ship.
  2. any of various kinds of ship’s boats.
  3. a small 17th-century ship having two or three masts and a flat stern, used in northern Europe as a warship and merchant ship and as a tender.

noun

  1. any of various kinds of ship’s tender

n.small, light vessel, 1540s, from Middle French pinace (earlier spinace, 15c., from Old French espinace, Modern French péniche; also attested as Anglo-Latin spinachium (mid-14c.)); of unknown origin. The French word perhaps is from Italian pinaccia or Spanish pinaza, from pino “pine tree; ship” (Latin pinus “pine tree” also had a secondary sense of “ship, vessel”). But variations in early forms makes this uncertain.

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