From Middle English carvile, from Dutch karveel, from Middle French caravelle, from Portuguese caravela, diminutive of caravo (“small vessel”), from Late Latin carabus (“small wicker boat decked with hide”), from Ancient Greek κάραβος (kárabos, “stag-beetle, crayfish, lobster, small boat”).
carvel (plural carvels)
- (nautical) a small lateen-rigged Mediterranean vessel with two masts, used to carry cargo
- the sea blubber
- (lateen-rigged vessel): caravel
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