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dow1

[dou, doh]
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verb (used without object), dowed or dought [dout] /daʊt/, dow·ing. Scot. and North England.
  1. to be able.
  2. to thrive; prosper; do well.

Origin of dow1

before 900; Middle English dowen, doghen, Old English dugan to be worthy; cognate with German taugen; cf. doughty

dow2

[dou]
noun
  1. dhow.

dhow

or dau, dow

[dou]
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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dhow

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

Word Origin

C19: from Arabic dāwa

Dow

noun
  1. See Dou
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Word Origin and History for dows

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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