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Pinnace \Pin"nace\, n. [F. pinasse; cf. It. pinassa, pinazza, Sp. pinaza; all from L. pinus a pine tree, anything made of pine, e.g., a ship. Cf. Pine a tree.]

  1. (Naut.)

    1. A small vessel propelled by sails or oars, formerly employed as a tender, or for coast defence; -- called originally, spynace or spyne.

    2. A man-of-war's boat.

      Whilst our pinnace anchors in the Downs.

  2. A procuress; a pimp. [Obs.]
    --B. Jonson.


Spyne is a fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Comics Universe. The character, unlike many mutants, is more monstrously deformed and reptilian as opposed to other mutants' somewhat-human appearances (Nightcrawler, Tusk, et al.). His first appearance was in Cable vol. 2 #17.