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carrack

or car·ack

[ kar-uhk ]
/ ˈkær ək /
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noun

a merchant vessel having various rigs, used especially by Mediterranean countries in the 15th and 16th centuries; galleon.

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Origin of carrack

1350–1400; Middle English carrake<Middle French carraque<Spanish carraca, perhaps back formation from Arabic qarāqīr (plural of qurqūr ship of burden <Greek kérkouros), the -īr being taken as plural ending
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carrack
/ (ˈkærək) /

noun

a galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman in the 15th and 16th centuries

Word Origin for carrack

C14: from Old French caraque, from Old Spanish carraca, from Arabic qarāqīr merchant ships
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