whale-boat

whaleboat

[hweyl-boht, weyl-]
noun
a long, narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas: formerly used in whaling, now mainly for sea rescue.

Origin:
1665–75; whale1 + boat

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whaleboat (ˈweɪlˌbəʊt)
 
n
Also called: whaler a narrow boat from 20 to 30 feet long having a sharp prow and stern, formerly used in whaling

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