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polacre

/pəʊˈlɑːkə/
noun
1.
a three-masted sailing vessel used in the Mediterranean
Word Origin
C17: from either French polacre or Italian polacca Pole or Polish; origin unknown
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  • She was astern just now, and she is abreast of the polacre now, as near as I can make out.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • The capture of the polacre had not been effected so silently.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • In fact the polacre seemed in danger of going down every moment.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • One is a polacre, another a xebec, and the third looks like a full-rigged craft; but as she is end on, I can't say for certain.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • The polacre may be one thing, or another, but I should hardly think she has come across the Atlantic.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • The three Spanish vessels had all been edging in towards shore, and the polacre anchored just before sunset.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • "We may as well speak the captain again," Bob said, and the polacre closed again with the brig.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • Captain Lockett rowed to the polacre, and examined his prize; and then, taking Bob in his boat, rowed to the barque.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • That big fellow has got twelve on a side, the polacre has eight, and the xebec six, so between them they have fifty-two guns.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty
  • The polacre herself is, as I see by her papers, only two years old, and seems a fine craft.

    Held Fast For England

    G. A. Henty

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