[ hweyl-boht, weyl- ]
/ ˈʰweɪlˌboʊt, ˈweɪl- /


a long, narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas: formerly used in whaling, now mainly for sea rescue.


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Origin of whaleboat

First recorded in 1665–75; whale1 + boat
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British Dictionary definitions for whaleboat

/ (ˈweɪlˌbəʊt) /


a narrow boat from 20 to 30 feet long having a sharp prow and stern, formerly used in whalingAlso called: whaler
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