from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A river-boat used in India, shaped like a shuttle, about 80 feet long and 6 or 7 broad.
- noun A small African canoe made of the bark of trees. Some of the larger square-sterned boats of the negroes are also thus designated.
- noun Also written almadie, almady.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A bark canoe used by the Africans.
- noun A boat used at Calicut, in India, about eighty feet long, and six or seven broad.
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- noun Alternative form of
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And I set sail at once to go to the other large island which I saw at the west, and commanded the other almadia to be set adrift, which the caravel Nina was towing astern.
And I, who was on the stern of the ship, and saw it all, sent for him and gave him a red cap and some little green glass beads which I put on his arm, and two small bells which I put at his ears, and I had his almadia returned, *** and sent him ashore.
It reached the shore, and they left the almadia, and some of my company landed after them, and they all fled like hens.
*** He came to the ship; I took him on board, for so he asked, and made him put his almadia in the ship, and keep all he was carrying.
And the almadia went back so fast that there never was a boat which could come up with her, although we had a considerable advantage.
And there was a large almadia which had come to board the caravel Nina, and one of the men from we Island of San Salvador threw himself into the sea, took this boat, and made off; and the night before, at midnight, another jumped out.
Towards night the master offered him a knife, which he scornfully refused, and immediately went ashore in an almadia.
When we got out to sea, we saw three negroes rowing after us in an almadia, who came to inquire to what country we belonged, speaking good
"And the almadia, which they had left, we took to the caravel Nina, to which from another headland there was coming another little almadia, with a man who came to barter a skein of cotton.