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sternwheel

[sturn-hweel, -weel]
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noun Nautical.
  1. a paddle wheel at the stern of a vessel.

Origin of sternwheel

First recorded in 1810–20; stern2 + wheel

stern-wheel

[sturn-hweel, -weel]
adjective (of a vessel)
  1. propelled by a paddle wheel at the stern.

Origin of stern-wheel

First recorded in 1855–60
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