bessie seaman

Seaman

[see-muhn]
noun
Elizabeth Cochrane [kok-ruhn] original name of Nellie Bly.
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seaman (ˈsiːmən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  a rating trained in seamanship as opposed to electrical engineering, etc
2.  a man who serves as a sailor
3.  a person skilled in seamanship
 
'seaman-like
 
adj
 
'seamanly
 
adj, —adv

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seaman
"a sailor," O.E. sæmanna (pl.), from sea + man. Cf. Du. zeeman, Ger. Seemann, O.N. sjomaðr.
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