any of various vessels formerly used for sailing or rowing in shallow waters, especially a two-masted, gaff-rigged vessel of the 17th and 18th centuries.

1570–80; < French chaloupe < German Schaluppe sloop Unabridged
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shallop (ˈʃæləp)
1.  a light boat used for rowing in shallow water
2.  (formerly) a two-masted gaff-rigged vessel
[C16: from French chaloupe, from Dutch sloepsloop]

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Word Origin & History

"kind of light boat," 1578, from Fr. chaloupe, from Du. sloep "sloop" (see sloop). Cf. Sp. chalupa, It. scialuppa.
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Example sentences
They made also a shallop of canvas and reeds, and in one or the other of these crafts he incessantly boated.
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