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dhow

or dau, dow

[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.
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Origin of dhow

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

Historical Examples

  • The first thing, however, to be done was to destroy the dhows.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • However, she formed a strong contrast to the Arab dhows by which she was surrounded.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The dhows had not as yet, apparently, discovered that foes were at hand.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Both the dhows were set on fire, that they might not fall into the hands of the Arabs.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The dhows were reached and their papers examined, then allowed to proceed if all was in order.

    Pan-Islam

    George Wyman Bury


British Dictionary definitions for dhows

dhow

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

C19: from Arabic dāwa
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Word Origin and History for dhows

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."

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