variants or less commonly bangka or banka
plural -s
: a small boat found in Pacific waters especially around the Philippines
usually : a dugout canoe often provided with outriggers and a roof of bamboo

Word History


Philippine Spanish & Tagalog; Philippine Spanish banca, from Tagalog bangkâ

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“Banca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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