floatplane

[floht-pleyn]
noun Aeronautics.
a seaplane having landing gear consisting of one or more floats.
Also, float plane.
Compare flying boat.


Origin:
1920–25; float + plane1

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floatplane

noun
a seaplane equipped with pontoons for landing or taking off from water 
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We use a floatplane to cover our widely distributed station network.
Access to the cabins on the north and east sides of the lake is by boat or
  floatplane.
So far, the small size floatplane that can be brought in has limited us.
Access to the area is primarily by floatplane in summer and overland in winter.
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