or dau, dow
- 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
Examples from the Web for dhows
Historical Examples of dhows
The first thing, however, to be done was to destroy the dhows.
However, she formed a strong contrast to the Arab dhows by which she was surrounded.
The dhows had not as yet, apparently, discovered that foes were at hand.
Both the dhows were set on fire, that they might not fall into the hands of the Arabs.
The dhows were reached and their papers examined, then allowed to proceed if all was in order.Pan-Islam
George Wyman Bury
- a lateen-rigged coastal Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts
Word Origin for dhow
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."