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felucca

[fuh-luhk-uh, -loo-kuh]
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noun
  1. a sailing vessel, lateen-rigged on two masts, used in the Mediterranean Sea and along the Spanish and Portuguese coasts.
  2. a small fishing boat formerly used in the San Francisco Bay area.
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Origin of felucca

1620–30; earlier falluca < Spanish faluca, earlier variant of falúa, perhaps < Catalan faluga < Arabic falūwah small cargo ship
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Examples from the Web for felucca

Historical Examples

  • And the mystery of our felucca's disappearance had to be discussed.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • There’s a felucca to windward of her, which I take to be the ‘Panchita!

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise

  • They seem to have brought some of the crew of the felucca with them too.

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise

  • I asked him if he thought I could get a felucca next day to take me to Lerici.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • She was given a bag full of crown pieces, and we returned to the felucca.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt


British Dictionary definitions for felucca

felucca

noun
  1. a narrow lateen-rigged vessel of the Mediterranean
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Word Origin

C17: from Italian felucca, probably from obsolete Spanish faluca, probably from Arabic fulūk ships, from Greek epholkion small boat, from ephelkein to tow
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