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From Italian feluca, from Arabic فَلُوكَة(falūka).


felucca (plural feluccas)

  1. A traditional wooden shallow-draught sailing boat used in the Mediterranean and along the Nile in Egypt, its rig consisting of one or two lateen sails.
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Romance and Reality. [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, pages 151–152:
      "We are very fortunate, Senhora," said Alvarez, as soon as they were in the street; "there is a felucca on the point of sailing to Naples—I have secured a passage, but we must not lose a minute."
    • "The ghostly feluccas passing along the canal are crewed by ghouls with wrapped heads." Lawrence Durrell, Justine