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fly +‎ boat: compare Dutch vlieboot.


flyboat (plural flyboats)

  1. A large Dutch coasting vessel.
    • Purchas
      Captain George Weymouth made a voyage of discovery to the northwest with two flyboats.
  2. A kind of passenger boat formerly used on canals.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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