caboose

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Historic caboose on display in O'Fallon, Illinois

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From French cambuse, from Middle Dutch kabuys, kabuis (Modern Dutch kombuis (galley; kitchen)).

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caboose (plural cabooses)

  1. (obsolete, nautical) A small galley or cookhouse on the deck of a small vessel.
  2. (US, rail transport) The last car on a freight train, having cooking and sleeping facilities for the crew; a guard’s van.
  3. (slang, baby-talk or euphemistic) buttocks
  4. (slang, sports) The person or team in last place.

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