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sampan

[sam-pan] /ˈsæm pæn/
noun
1.
any of various small boats of the Far East, as one propelled by a single scull over the stern and provided with a roofing of mats.
Origin of sampan
1610-1620
First recorded in 1610-20, sampan is from the Chinese word sānbǎn three-plank (boat), or < cognate dial. forms
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  • "We are men of his company and we have news for him," returned the speaker in the sampan.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Twenty-five bags of rice would be coming off in a sampan directly, for stores.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • Before the sampan passed out of the lagoon into the creek he lifted his eyes.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • The juragan of the boat said sulkily, "We will cook in the sampan, and sleep on the water."

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • The heads were all put in the sampan, and they made a full load for it.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • As the sampan receded from the saurians, they approached the bait.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • It is about my bedtime, and I think I will go to my sampan and retire.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Morris shouted that the sampan was in the channel, and the Blanchita moved into it.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • It would be impossible to force the sampan through this tangle.

    Trapped by Malays George Manville Fenn
  • The sampan was reached and diverted just before she swung athwart our bows.

British Dictionary definitions for sampan

sampan

/ˈsæmpæn/
noun
1.
any small skiff, widely used in the Orient, that is propelled by oars or a scull
Word Origin
C17: from Chinese san pan, from san three + pan board
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Word Origin and History for sampan
n.

light Chinese boat, 1610s, from Chinese san pan, literally "three boards," from san "three" + pan "plank."

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