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  1. a ship for transporting slaves from their native homes to places of bondage.

Origin of slave ship

First recorded in 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for slave ship

Historical Examples

  • A slave-ship, fitted out in England, and sailing from an English port,—alas!

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

  • The night came down still, but not silent; at least not silent on board the slave-ship.

    Ran Away to Sea

    Mayne Reid

  • I need not here describe the ordinary sufferings of the slave-ship.

    Ran Away to Sea

    Mayne Reid

  • I walked to Port Praya, and returned to my floating prison, the slave-ship.

    Frank Mildmay

    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • The work was indeed most horrible: a slave-ship could not have been worse.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4

    George W. M. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for slave ship

slave ship

  1. a ship used to transport slaves, esp formerly from Africa to the New World
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