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or dau, dow

[dou] /daʊ/
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 Unabridged
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  • Saying this, Adair shoved off and pulled away in chase of the third dhow.

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

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

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

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

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  • The crew of the dhow had in all probability seen her, and were endeavouring to escape.

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  • Desmond proposed getting some more wood and provisions from the dhow.

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  • However, the signal was repeated, and I had to have the dhow alongside.

    Pan-Islam George Wyman Bury
  • The ship was tossed about far more violently than the dhow had been.

    Ned Garth W. H. G. Kingston
  • It was part of the wreck of a dhow or of some other vessel against which our ship had struck.

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British Dictionary definitions for dhow


a lateen-rigged coastal Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic dāwa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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