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- n. a mailboat
- n. a postal marking or cancellation stamped on mail posted at sea or in a harbour for processing by the postal authorities at the next port of call. Mail so marked in one country will often carry the stamps of another country.
- adj. Relating to mail posted at sea.
There, below "papyrus" -- and just above paquebot* -- the French words in between yielded the answer:
On May 31st the paquebot was sighted near Point Pinos.