- a sailing vessel, lateen-rigged on two masts, used in the Mediterranean Sea and along the Spanish and Portuguese coasts.
- a small fishing boat formerly used in the San Francisco Bay area.
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
And the mystery of our felucca's disappearance had to be discussed.It Happened in Egypt
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There’s a felucca to windward of her, which I take to be the ‘Panchita!
They seem to have brought some of the crew of the felucca with them too.
I asked him if he thought I could get a felucca next day to take me to Lerici.
She was given a bag full of crown pieces, and we returned to the felucca.
- a narrow lateen-rigged vessel of the Mediterranean
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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