- a small two-masted merchant vessel, a type of hoy distinguished by the trapezoidal shape of the mainsail, used especially on canals and along coasts of the Low Countries.
Origin of bilander
1655–65; < Dutch bijlander from obsolete Dutchbillander, binlander hoy1 in the sense “a vessel with large mast for sailing along coast” < bij “by” + land “land”
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Examples from the Web for bilander
A bilander was a small two-master, with the mainsail of lateen form.
There were three craft, all of different rig—a schooner, a ketch, and the said bilander.
It is something between the modern ketch and the old Flemish 'bilander'.La Lgende des Sicles
Well, mynheer, you have only to pay the difference, and the ketch will do; the bilander sails almost as fast.
They called her "the lugger," though her rig was widely different from that, and her due title was "bilander."
- a small two-masted cargo ship
C17: from Dutch, literally: by-lander, because used on canals
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