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dhow

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[dou]
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noun
  1. any of various types of sailing vessels used by Arabs on the east African, Arabian, and Indian coasts, generally lateen-rigged on two or three masts.

Origin of dhow

First recorded in 1795–1805, dhow is from the Arabic word dāwa
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Examples from the Web for dhow

Historical Examples

  • Saying this, Adair shoved off and pulled away in chase of the third dhow.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Thus the management of the dhow was left entirely to her captors.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • He was holding fast on to the side of the dhow, and found some support necessary.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • When morning at length broke, dhow number two was nowhere in sight.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • “If a dhow does come by, we must try to board her and take her,” exclaimed Jerry Bird.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for dhow

dhow

noun
  1. a lateen-rigged coastal Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts

Word Origin

C19: from Arabic dāwa
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Word Origin and History for dhow

n.

1799, original language unknown, "single-masted native vessel used on Arabian Sea," later widely applied to all Arab vessels. Klein suggests a relation to Persian dav "running."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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