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galleon


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Galleon  \Gal"le*on\,  n.  [Sp.  galeon,  cf  F.  galion;  fr  LL 
  galeo,  galio.  See  {Galley}.]  (Naut.) 
  A  sailing  vessel  of  the  15th  and  following  centuries,  often 
  having  three  or  four  decks,  and  used  for  war  or  commerce.  The 
  term  is  often  rather  indiscriminately  applied  to  any  large 
  sailing  vessel. 
 
  The  galleons  .  .  .  were  huge,  round-stemmed,  clumsy 
  vessels,  with  bulwarks  three  or  four  feet  thick,  and 
  built  up  at  stem  and  stern,  like  castles.  --Motley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  galleon 
  n  :  a  large  square-rigged  sailing  ship  with  three  or  more  masts; 
  used  by  the  Spanish  for  commerce  and  war  from  the  15th  to 
  18th  centuries 




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