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bateau

[ ba-toh; French ba-toh ]
/ bæˈtoʊ; French baˈtoʊ /
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noun, plural ba·teaux [ba-tohz; French ba-toh]. /bæˈtoʊz; French baˈtoʊ/.
Also batteau. Nautical.
  1. Chiefly Canadian and Southern U.S.. a small, flat-bottomed rowboat used on rivers.
  2. a half-decked, sloop-rigged boat used for fishing on Chesapeake Bay; skipjack.
  3. (in some regions) a scow.
a pontoon of a floating bridge.
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Origin of bateau

1705–15, Americanism;<French; Old French batel, equivalent to bat (<Old English bātboat) + -el diminutive suffix <Latin -ellus;see -elle
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British Dictionary definitions for bateau

bateau
/ (bæˈtəʊ, French bato) /

noun plural -teaux (-təʊz, French -to)
a light flat-bottomed boat used on rivers in Canada and the northern US

Word Origin for bateau

C18: from French: boat, from Old French batel, from Old English bāt; see boat
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