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 for pinnace
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pinnace \Pin"nace\, n. [F. pinasse; cf. It. pinassa, pinazza,
     Sp. pinaza; all from L. pinus a pine tree, anything made of
     pine, e.g., a ship. Cf. Pine a tree.]
     1. (Naut.)
        (a) A small vessel propelled by sails or oars, formerly
            employed as a tender, or for coast defence; -- called
            originally, spynace or spyne.
        (b) A man-of-war's boat.
            [1913 Webster]
                  Whilst our pinnace anchors in the Downs. --Shak.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. A procuress; a pimp. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a boat for communication between ship and shore [syn:
           tender, ship's boat, pinnace, cutter]

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