panchway

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Bengali [Term?], from English pinnace.

Noun[edit]

panchway (plural panchways)

  1. (India, now historical) A Bengalese four-oared passenger boat. [from 18th c.]
    • 2008, Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, Penguin 2015, p. 42:
      With a gesture of acknowledgement, Parimal retreated down the ladder and soon afterwards, a slim paunchway pulled away from the Raskhali budgerow to nudge up alongside the Ibis.