or bil·lan·der

[ bil-uh n-der ]
/ ˈbɪl ən dər /


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” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bilander

/ (ˈbɪləndə) /


a small two-masted cargo ship

Word Origin for bilander

C17: from Dutch, literally: by-lander, because used on canals
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