Origin of xebec
Examples from the Web for xebec
That big fellow has got twelve on a side, the polacre has eight, and the xebec six, so between them they have fifty-two guns.Held Fast For England|G. A. Henty
Equivalent to our hermaphrodite, being a small Mediterranean vessel, between a xebec and a felucca.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
Every time one of her boats rowed past the xebec it would be challenged and ugly things said.Stories of Our Naval Heroes|Various
The small cannon of the xebec had been dismounted, but they hastily tied them with ropes.
The first broadside from the ship's cannons kills five men on the deck of the xebec, among them the father of Riquer.
zebec or zebeck
Word Origin for xebec
"small three-masted vessel," by 1745, from French chébec, from Italian sciabecco, ultimately from Arabic shabbak "a small warship." Altered by influence of cognate Spanish xabeque, which shows the old way of representing the Spanish sound now spelled -j-.