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Borrowed from Dutch bijlander, equivalent to by- +‎ lander. See also belandre.


bilander (plural bilanders)

  1. (nautical, historical) A small two-masted merchant vessel, fitted only for coasting, or for use in canals, as in Holland.
    • John Dryden
      Why choose we, then, like bilanders to creep / Along the coast, and land in view to keep?

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bilander in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)