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Able-bodied Seaman

A sailor of the first class. A crew is divided into three classes: (1) able seamen, or skilled sailors, termed A.B.; (2) ordinary seamen; and (3) boys, which include green-hands, or inexperienced men, without regard to age or size.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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