1. A light boat propelled by sails or oars, formerly used as a tender for merchant and war vessels.
2. Any of various kinds of ship's boats.
[French pinace, from Old French, probably from Old Spanish pinaza, from pino, pine tree, boat, from Latin pīnus; see peiə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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