Bateaux

bateau

[ba-toh; French ba-toh]
noun, plural bateaux [ba-tohz; French ba-toh] .
1.
Also, batteau. Nautical.
a.
Chiefly Canadian and Southern U.S. a small, flat-bottomed rowboat used on rivers.
b.
a half-decked, sloop-rigged boat used for fishing on Chesapeake Bay; skipjack.
c.
(in some regions) a scow.
2.
a pontoon of a floating bridge.

Origin:
1705–15, Americanism; < French; Old French batel, equivalent to bat (< Old English bāt boat) + -el diminutive suffix < Latin -ellus; see -elle

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bateau (bæˈtəʊ, French bato)
 
n , pl -teaux
a light flat-bottomed boat used on rivers in Canada and the northern US
 
[C18: from French: boat, from Old French batel, from Old English bāt; see boat]

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