Boat"swain (?), n. [Boat + swain.]

1. Naut.

An officer who has charge of the boats, sails, rigging, colors, anchors, cables, cordage, etc., of a ship, and who also summons the crew, and performs other duties.

2. Zool. (a)

The jager gull.


The tropic bird.

Boatswain's mate, an assistant of the boatswain.



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