[ zee-bek ]
/ ˈzi bɛk /


a small, three-masted vessel of the Mediterranean, formerly much used by corsairs, now employed to some extent in commerce.

Words nearby xebec

Also chebeck, zebec, zebeck.

Origin of xebec

1750–60; alteration of earlier chebec < French < Catalan xabec or Spanish xabeque (now jabeque), both < Arabic shabbāk
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zebec or zebeck

/ (ˈziːbɛk) /


a small three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and lateen sails, formerly used by Algerian pirates and later used for commerce

Word Origin for xebec

C18: earlier chebec from French, ultimately from Arabic shabbāk; present spelling influenced by Catalan xabec, Spanish xabeque (now jabeque)
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