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radeau

[ruh-doh] /rəˈdoʊ/
noun, plural radeaux
[ruh-doh, -dohz] /rəˈdoʊ, -ˈdoʊz/ (Show IPA)
1.
an armed scow, variously rigged, used as a floating battery during the American Revolution.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < French: raft < Provençal radel < Vulgar Latin *ratellus, diminutive of Latin ratis raft
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