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bilander

or bil·lan·der

[bil-uh n-der]
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noun
  1. 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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • A bilander was a small two-master, with the mainsail of lateen form.

    Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period

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  • There were three craft, all of different rig—a schooner, a ketch, and the said bilander.

    Mary Anerley

    R. D. Blackmore

  • It is something between the modern ketch and the old Flemish 'bilander'.

  • Well, mynheer, you have only to pay the difference, and the ketch will do; the bilander sails almost as fast.

    Mary Anerley

    R. D. Blackmore

  • They called her "the lugger," though her rig was widely different from that, and her due title was "bilander."

    Mary Anerley

    R. D. Blackmore


British Dictionary definitions for bilander

bilander

noun
  1. a small two-masted cargo ship
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Word Origin

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