Etymology
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scow (n.)

"large flat-bottomed boat," used chiefly for transporting loads, 1780, from Dutch schouw "ferry boat, punt," from Middle Dutch scouwe, which according to Barnhart is related to Old English scaldan, Old Saxon scaldan "to push (a boat) from shore."

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Definitions of scow

scow (n.)
any of various flat-bottomed boats with sloping ends;
scow (n.)
a barge carrying bulk materials in an open hold;
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