radeau

[ ruh-doh ]
/ rəˈdoʊ /
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noun, plural ra·deaux [ruh-doh, -dohz] /rəˈdoʊ, -ˈdoʊz/.

an armed scow, variously rigged, used as a floating battery during the American Revolution.

Origin of radeau

1750–60; < French: raft < Provençal radel < Vulgar Latin *ratellus, diminutive of Latin ratis raft
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