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- a small fishing boat with a lug sail, a deeper draft at the bow than at the stern, and a large rudder, used off the northeast coast of England
- in Scotland, a short, flat-bottomed rowboat
Origin: ME cobel < OE cuopel, prob. < Celt, as in Welsh ceubal, Bret caubal (> ? L caupulus)
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- Nautical A small flatbottom fishing boat with a lugsail on a raking mast.
- Scots A kind of flatbottom rowboat.
Origin: Middle English cobel, perhaps ultimately from Latin caupulus, a kind of small ship.