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(in South Africa) a river ferry, esp one that is guided by a cable from one bank to the other
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C17: from Dutch: ferryboat, punt1; reintroduced through Afrikaans in 19th or 20th century
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  • The following forenoon we ran under the pont St. Esprit, an experiment the guide-book calls very dangerous.

    Pencillings by the Way N. Parker Willis
  • There is no mistaking it; it is peculiar to pont du Sable, and note, too, her patois!

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
  • Equally unsuccessful next day was the fire of thirty field-guns directed against the place from pont Iblon.

    The Franco-German War of 1870-71 Count Helmuth, von Moltke
  • He is the only man in pont du Sable that I positively dislike.

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
  • It was impossible to pick up the cut wire north of Norval's pont.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.

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