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From the Dutch bijlander and French bilandre, a small European two-masted merchant ship of the 17th and 18th centuries. It was occasionally used in the North Sea but was more frequently seen in the Mediterranean. The mainmast was lateen rigged but its foremast carried the conventional square course and square topsail. They rarely reached a size of more than 100 tons.

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