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corvette

noun cor·vette \kr-ˈvet\

Definition of CORVETTE

1
:  a warship ranking in the old sailing navies next below a frigate
2
:  a highly maneuverable armed escort ship that is smaller than a destroyer

Origin of CORVETTE

French, from Middle French, probably from Middle Dutch corf, a kind of ship, literally, basket — more at corf
First Known Use: 1636

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