noun sam·pan \ˈsam-ˌpan\

Definition of SAMPAN

:  a flat-bottomed skiff used in eastern Asia and usually propelled by two short oars

Origin of SAMPAN

Chinese (Guangdong) sàambáan, from sàam three + báan board, plank
First Known Use: 1620


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