Bilander meaning

bĭlən-dər, bīlən-
(nautical) A small two-masted sailing vessel, used especially on canals in the Low Countries.
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(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.

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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of bilander

  • Dutch billander probably from binlander inlander from binnenlander binnen within (from Middle Dutch en in Indo-European roots) land land lendh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dutch bijlander; bij by + land land, country.

    From Wiktionary