gallivat

noun
gal·​li·​vat | \ ˈgaləˌvat \
plural -s

Definition of gallivat

: an East Indian ship propelled by sails and oars and often armed and used by pirates

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History and Etymology for gallivat

probably modification of Portuguese galeota galliot, from Spanish, from Medieval Latin

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“Gallivat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallivat. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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