noun (plural bateaux-mouches pronounced same)
A pleasure boat that takes sightseers on the Seine in Paris.
- For me, that meant a stroll down to the river, followed by an afternoon on a bateau mouche - one of the large, flat boats that take goggle-eyed tourists up and down the Seine.
- Water taxis and tour boats, which are to a Parisian bateau mouche what the armadillo is to the ankylosaur, plow the Riverwalk loop.
- Starting at the Palais Rohan, where Napoleon dumped Josephine, long glass-roofed bateaux mouches, or river barges, follow a lazy route through the Ill canals.
French, literally 'fly boat', because of the boat's mobility.
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