etymology: Anglo-French floteson, from 'floter' to float, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English flotian to float, flota ship
date: circa 1607
1: floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo; broadly : floating debris
2 a: a floating population (as of emigrants or castaways)
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