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

  • n.pl. Refugees, usually political ones, who attempt to flee from their native country to other countries by boat: "hundreds of thousands of boat people descending on the nation, arms outstretched in need” ( Jerry Adler).

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  • n. Plural form of boat person.

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