felucca

[ fuh-luhk-uh, -loo-kuh ]

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.

Origin of felucca

1
1620–30; earlier falluca<Spanish faluca, earlier variant of falúa, perhaps <Catalan faluga<Arabic falūwah small cargo ship

Words Nearby felucca

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How to use felucca in a sentence

  • Mrs. Armine stepped out of the felucca, helped by Ibrahim, and the felucca at once put off, and began to return across the Nile.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
  • It was not long before I discovered that there was a mystery of some sort attaching to the felucca that lay at anchor in the bay.

    A Middy of the King | Harry Collingwood
  • But no sooner was the felucca seen and recognised than the whole place was thrown into a state of consternation.

    A Middy of the King | Harry Collingwood
  • The breeze that had filled the sails of the felucca had either died down or was the possession of the river.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
  • The sailors set the great lateen sails of the felucca, which bellied out like things leaping into life.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for felucca

felucca

/ (fɛˈlʌkə) /


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

Origin of felucca

1
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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