fireboat

[ fahyuhr-boht ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌboʊt /

noun

a powered vessel equipped to fight fires on boats, docks, shores, etc.

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Origin of fireboat

First recorded in 1875–80; fire + boat
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British Dictionary definitions for fireboat

fireboat
/ (ˈfaɪəˌbəʊt) /

noun

a motor vessel with fire-fighting apparatus
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