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[hous-boht] /ˈhaʊsˌboʊt/

a flat-bottomed, bargelike fitted for use as a floating dwelling but not for rough water.
verb (used without object)
to travel or live on a houseboat.
a stationary boat or barge used as a home

1790, from house (n.) + boat (n.).


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