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

  Merchantman \Mer"chant*man\, n.; pl. Merchantmen.
     [1913 Webster]
     1. A merchant. [Obs.] --Matt. xiii. 45.
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     2. A trading vessel; a ship employed in the transportation of
        goods, as, distinguished from a man-of-war.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MERCHANTMAN. A ship or vessel employed in a merchant's service. This term is 
  used in opposition to a ship of war. 

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