or dau, dow
- 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
When morning at length broke, dhow number two was nowhere in sight.
He was holding fast on to the side of the dhow, and found some support necessary.
Thus the management of the dhow was left entirely to her captors.
Saying this, Adair shoved off and pulled away in chase of the third dhow.
“If a dhow does come by, we must try to board her and take her,” exclaimed Jerry Bird.
- a lateen-rigged coastal Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts
C19: from Arabic dāwa
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Word Origin and History for dhow
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."
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