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noun (formerly, in Canada)
a cabin built as living quarters for a gang of lumbermen
an open fireplace in such a cabin
Word Origin
C19: from Canadian French, from French cambuse hut, store, from Dutch kambuis
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  • A portion of her wood had been left in her, it will be remembered, as well as her camboose.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • Much of that brought from home had been fairly used in the camboose, and in the stove originally set up in the hut.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • Much of his beloved craft had already disappeared in the camboose, and more was likely to follow.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • When he awoke, he found a bright light blazing in the hut, and heard some one moving about the camboose.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • The excessive cold made us feel severely the want of a camboose, or fire place in the boat.

  • A camboose for our fire was made, by sawing a cask in two, and filling it with gravel, and secured by lashing it to the mast.

  • When these duties were performed, a bustle was seen about the camboose, or large cooking stove, in which the meals were prepared.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper

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