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also bat·teau (bă-tō′)
n. pl. ba·teaux also bat·teaux (-tōz′)
1. Canada & New England A long, light, flatbottom boat with a sharply pointed bow and stern.
2. South Atlantic & Gulf States A small, light, flatbottom rowboat.

[Canadian and Louisiana French, from French, boat, from Old French batel, from Old English bāt; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.]
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(bæˈtəʊ; French bato)
n, pl -teaux (-təʊz; French -to)
(Nautical Terms) a light flat-bottomed boat used on rivers in Canada and the northern US
[C18: from French: boat, from Old French batel, from Old English bāt; see boat]
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n., pl. -teaux (-ˈtoʊz)
a small flat-bottomed rowboat used on rivers.
[1705–15, Amer.; < French; Old French batel <bat, boat]
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"Mais il ne faut pas laisser le pauvre Veslovsky et Tushkevitch se morfondre la dans le bateau. We must send and tell them."
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It begins with a surprise gift from Jack's grandfather: a small boat he spent the winter making for his grandson, which Jack's grandmother names Petit Bateau (Little Boat).
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