Caboose (ship's galley)
Caboose (also camboose, coboose, cubboos derived from the Dutch kombuis) is a term used for a small ship's kitchen, i.e. galley, located on an open deck. At one time a caboose related to a smaller kitchen aboard a merchantman, while aboard a warship it was called a galley.
William Falconer's 1780 A Universal Dictionary of the Marine describes a caboose thus: "a sort of box or house to cover the chimney of some merchant-ships. It somewhat resembles a sentry-box, and generally stands against the barricade on the fore part of the quarter-deck". Sometimes the caboose was portable.
- Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, HarperCollins Publishers, 2003
- Webster's Third Unabridged Dictionary
- The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company.