or da·ha·bee·yah, da·ha·bi·ah
- a large boat used on the Nile as a houseboat or for conveying passengers.
Origin of dahabeah
First recorded in 1840–50, dahabeah is from the Egyptian Arabic word dahabīyah
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Examples from the Web for dahabeah
Stop the dahabeah, Azimah, he saidWe will rest here for the night.
We chartered our dahabeah and travelled up to the Second Cataract.Glories of Spain
Charles W. Wood
Old Nile has many attractions; and lazy luxury on a dahabeah will soothe your overwrought nerves.
Now in 1890 he would go to Egypt, where with two old friends he had leased a dahabeah on the Nile.Lord Randolph Churchill
Winston Spencer Churchill
When they got to the dahabeah everybody was bustling about, putting the boat in order for the voyage.Nabul, Our Little Egyptian Cousin
dahabeeyah or dahabiah
- a houseboat used on the Nile
from Arabic dhahabīyah, literally: the golden one (that is, gilded barge)
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