Sampan definitions

săm'păn'
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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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)