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1. an unpowered barge used for freight; lighter
2. (esp in the midwestern US) a sailing yacht with a flat bottom, designed to plane
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(in Russian, shalanda), a small, shallow-draft vessel used in loading and unloading large ships lying in roads and for transporting earth or small cargoes. Large scows are usually self-propelled. Scows that are used to remove earth excavated by dredges are usually equipped with doors in the bottom for dumping. The Russian word shalanda is also used for flat-bottomed, sail-rigged fishing boats that have a centerboard and that operate on the Black Sea.

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