Pronunciation: (ba-tō'; Fr. ba-tō'), [key]
—pl. -teauxPronunciation: (-tōz'; Fr. -tō'). [key]
1. Also,batteau. Naut.
a. Chiefly Canadian and Southern U.S.a small, flat-bottomed rowboat used on rivers.
b. a half-decked, sloop-rigged boat used for fishing on Chesapeake Bay; skipjack.
c. (in some regions) a scow.
2. a pontoon of a floating bridge.
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