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dhow

or dau, dow

[dou] /daʊ/
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
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805, dhow is from the Arabic word dāwa
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  • 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
  • What becomes of the slaves that are liberated when the dhows are captured?

    The Penang Pirate John Conroy Hutcheson
  • The end of the rainy season, you say, is the best time for catching the dhows?

    The Penang Pirate John Conroy Hutcheson
  • She was coming towards the fleet of dhows, bringing up a breeze.

    Ned Garth W. H. G. Kingston
  • At last the wind filled our sails, and the dhows began to separate.

    Ned Garth W. H. G. Kingston
  • She must be, I thought, the one which had captured the dhows.

    Ned Garth W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for dhows

dhow

/daʊ/
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 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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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