Ba*teau" (?), n.; pl. Bateaux (#). [F. bateau, LL. batellus, fr. battus, batus, boa, which agrees with AS. bat boat: cf. W. bad boat. See Boat, n.]

A boat; esp. a flat-bottomed, clumsy boat used on the Canadian lakes and rivers.

[Written also, but less properly, batteau.]

Bateau bridge, a floating bridge supported by bateaux.


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