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Q-ship

[kyoo-ship] /ˈkyuˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
an armed combat ship disguised as a merchant vessel to attract submarines within attack range.
Also called Q-boat.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; Q a naval classification
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Q-ship

noun
1.
a merchant ship with concealed guns, used to decoy enemy ships into the range of its weapons
Word Origin
named from q(uery)
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