Q-ship

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Q-ship

(kyo͞o′shĭp′)
n.
A decoy ship, especially an armed ship disguised as a merchant ship to entice submarines to surface so that they may be attacked with gunfire.

[Q, naval classification.]

Q-ship

n
(Nautical Terms) a merchant ship with concealed guns, used to decoy enemy ships into the range of its weapons
[named from q(uery)]
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