from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An old sailors' dance, in duple rhythm, similar to the hornpipe. The dancers wore wooden shoes and had their arms intertwined behind their backs.
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Puree of green peas, soup; Stewed sturgeon, matelotte sauce;
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a whiting, that chicken of the ocean, was not a signal for a panegyric of the darker attraction of a _matelotte à la royale_.