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Quonset hut

[kwon-sit] /ˈkwɒn sɪt/
noun, Trademark.
1.
a semicylindrical metal shelter having end walls, usually serving as a barracks, storage shed, or the like, developed for the U.S. military forces from the British Nissen hut at Quonset Naval Base in Rhode Island.
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British Dictionary definitions for quonset-hut

Quonset hut

/ˈkwɒnsɪt/
noun
1.
trademark (US) a military shelter made of corrugated steel sheet, having a semicircular cross section Brit equivalent Nissen hut
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Word Origin and History for quonset-hut

Quonset hut

1942, from Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Rhode Island, where this type of structure was first built, 1941. The place name is from a southern New England Algonquian language and perhaps means "small, long place."

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