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Probably from Portuguese galeota. Compare English galiot, galley.


gallivat (plural gallivats)

  1. (nautical) A small armed vessel, with sails and oars, used on the Malabar coast.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of A. Chalmers to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gallivat in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)