[sturn-hweel, -weel]

Origin of sternwheel

First recorded in 1810–20; stern2 + wheel


[sturn-hweel, -weel]
adjective (of a vessel)
  1. propelled by a paddle wheel at the stern.

Origin of stern-wheel

First recorded in 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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