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

  Merchant \Mer"chant\, a.
     Of, pertaining to, or employed in, trade or merchandise; as,
     the merchant service.
     [1913 Webster]
     Merchant bar, Merchant iron or Merchant steel, certain
        common sizes of wrought iron and steel bars.
     Merchant service or Merchant marine, the mercantile marine
        of a country. --Am. Cyc.
     Merchant ship, a ship employed in commerce.
     Merchant tailor, a tailor who keeps and sells materials for
        the garments which he makes.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  merchant ship
      n 1: a cargo ship; "they did much of their overseas trade in
           foreign bottoms" [syn: bottom, freighter,
           merchantman, merchant ship]

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