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

  • n. Variant of galiot.

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  • n. A light galley.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See galiot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See galiot.


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  • A bit more from Moby Dick (on the anatomy of the sperm whale): oliquely elevating his head, he thereby may be said to transform himself from a bluff-bowed sluggish galliot into a sharp-pointed New York pilot boat. (ch. 61)

    June 12, 2009

  • "You may have seen many a quaint craft in your day, for aught I know;--square-toed luggers; mountainous Japanese junks; butter-box galliots, and what not..."

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 16

    July 24, 2008

  • See bilander for a usage note.

    February 27, 2008

  • The more suggestions, the better! And who's to say one "nautical" list is better or definitive, anyway? I usually enjoy seeing more than one Wordie post a list on the same topic or theme. The differences and similarities in choices can be very interesting. :-)

    You might also consider a "series" of nautical lists, and break down the subject any which way you choose. Just a thought....

    October 29, 2007

  • Well, I thought about a nautical terms list, which could include words other than types of sailing vessels, but it seems like it would go on forever, if it were to be comprehensive! Limiting to vessels is one way to keep it within reason and not break Wordie.

    But I'm glad someone else is doing all that work and I can just chuck in ideas here and there. :)

    I put some suggestions directly on that list, actually. Hope you don't mind.

    October 29, 2007

  • Are you referring to lists here on Wordie or elsewhere? My Out to Sea list is intended to be a list of boats--but I'm still playing with it. (It's great fun reading about the zillion types of watercraft, historical and current.) If you've found any great ones elsewhere, 'fess up! ;-)

    October 29, 2007

  • Cool! Another word to pillage for my -ot list. Pretty word, too.

    Hey... does anyone know of a list of different types of boats and ships? I cannot fathom (OH! BAD PUN!) how long such a list would end up being. It would still be shorter than a list of nautical terms, though--if it were limited to types of vessels.

    Edit: I just found about five such lists. Duh...

    October 29, 2007