Sampan meaning

sămpăn
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A flatbottom Asian skiff usually propelled by two oars.
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Any of various small boats used in China and Japan, usually propelled with a scull from the stern, and often having a sail and a small cabin formed of mats.
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(nautical) A flat-bottomed Chinese wooden boat propelled by two oars.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of sampan - sanpan

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sampan
Plural:
sampans

Origin of sampan

  • Cantonese saam1 baan2 (akin to Mandarin sābǎn) from Middle Chinese sam paːn´ sam three (ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan sum) (akin to Tibetan gsum) (Burmese sûm) paːn´ board (since the hulls of sampans were originally constructed from three planks of wood, two for the sides and one for the bottom)

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

  • From Mandarin 舢舨 (shānbǎn)

    From Wiktionary