xebec

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Etymology[edit]

Either from French chébec, from Spanish xabeque (modern jabeque) or Catalan xabec, ultimately from Arabic شبّاك (šabbāk, small warship, fishing boat).

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xebec (plural xebecs)

  1. A small, three-masted Mediterranean transport ship
    • 1963, Thomas Pynchon, V:
      Winter. The green xebec whose figurehead was Astarte, goddess of sexual love, tacked slowly into the Grand Harbour.

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