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Any of various types of dugout or canoe, especially as used in parts of Africa and Asia.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Hacket (fl. 1560–1590). Originally from Middle French, French † almadie, denoting various boats (1515 denoting a large African dugout canoe, 1558 denoting a bark boat used by Brazilian Indians, 1690 denoting an Indian boat with a square back; compare Middle French, French † almande kind of African barge) from Portuguese almadia from Arabic al-maʿdiya from al the + maʿdiya ferry, ferryboat from ʿadā to cross.
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