Origin: Fr chaloupe, prob. < Du sloepe, sloop
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- A large heavy boat, usually having two masts and carrying fore-and-aft or lugsails.
- A small open boat fitted with oars or sails, or both, and used primarily in shallow waters.
Origin: French chaloupe, from Dutch sloep, sloop; see sloop, or perhaps from obsolete French chaloppe, nutshell (from Old French eschalope, from escale, eschale, shell, husk; see Scale 1).