or dau, dow
[ dou ]
/ daʊ /
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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.
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Origin of dhow
First recorded in 1795–1805, dhow is from the Arabic word dāwa
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How to use dhow in a sentence
Frequently the slaving-dhows captured are in a far more horrible state than in the instance above given.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves|W.H.G. Kingston
No doubt those innocent looking dhows had been filled with armed Arabs, waiting for the signal, and now every escape was cut off.The River of Darkness|William Murray Graydon
Then E14 had a brawl with a steamer with a yellow funnel, blue top and black band, lying at a pier among dhows.Sea Warfare|Rudyard Kipling
As the light increased, it could be seen that in addition to the two ships were a large number of native dhows.With Clive in India|G. A. Henty
Watching the dhows and sighting the cathedral, suggested, I suppose, Pre Etienne.The Priest's Tale - Pre Etienne|Robert Keable
British Dictionary definitions for dhow
/ (daʊ) /
a lateen-rigged coastal Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts
Word Origin for dhow
C19: from Arabic dāwa
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