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boatswain

, bosun, bo's'n
a petty officer on a merchant ship or a warrant officer on a warship who is responsible for the maintenance of the ship and its equipment
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Boatswain

Byron’s favorite dog. [Br. Hist.: Harvey, 239]
See: Dogs
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