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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small flatbottomed boat with square ends, paddled or poled on shallow waterways.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a flat bottomed boat with a very shallow draft, whose bow and stern are both squared off

Etymologies

Probably from the name John.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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