Origin of bilanderDutch billander, probably from binlander, inlander, from binnenlander : binnen, within (from Middle Dutch; see en in Indo-European roots) + land, land; see lendh- in Indo-European roots.
- (nautical) A small two-masted merchant vessel, fitted only for coasting, or for use in canals, as in Holland.
- Why choose we, then, like bilanders to creep / Along the coast, and land in view to keep? "” Dryden.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Dutch bijlander; bij by + land land, country.