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Seabee

[see-bee]
noun
  1. a member of the construction battalions of the U.S. Navy, established in December, 1941, to build landing facilities, airfields, etc., in combat areas.
  2. Also See-Bee. a large, ocean-going, barge-carrying vessel equipped with a heavy-duty elevator situated at the stern to facilitate the loading and unloading of barges.
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Origin of Seabee

spelling form of the letters CB, for Construction Battalion
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British Dictionary definitions for seabee

Seabee

noun
  1. a member of the US Navy's Construction Battalions established to build airstrips
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Word Origin

C20: from pronunciation of CB, for Construction Battalion
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Word Origin and History for seabee

Seabee

n.

1942, from pronunciation of C.B., abbreviation of Construction Battalion, formed as a volunteer branch of the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Navy.

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