polacca (pəʊˈlækə)


a three-masted sailing vessel used in the Mediterranean

Word Origin for polacre

C17: from either French polacre or Italian polacca Pole or Polish; origin unknown
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Historical Examples of polacre

  • She was astern just now, and she is abreast of the polacre now, as near as I can make out.

  • The capture of the polacre had not been effected so silently.

  • In fact the polacre seemed in danger of going down every moment.

  • One is a polacre, another a xebec, and the third looks like a full-rigged craft; but as she is end on, I can't say for certain.

  • The three Spanish vessels had all been edging in towards shore, and the polacre anchored just before sunset.