aboiteau (ˈæbəˌtəʊ)

/ (ˈæbəˌdəʊ) /

noun plural -deaus or -deaux (-ˌdəʊz) or -teaus or -teaux (-ˌtəʊz) (in the Canadian Maritimes)

a dyke with a sluicegate that allows flood water to drain but keeps the sea water out
a sluicegate in a dyke

Word Origin for aboideau

Canadian French
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Examples from the Web for aboideau

  • The work was completed in August, 1774, by the construction of an aboideau.

    Glimpses of the Past|W. O. Raymond