lateen

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A dhow with two lateen sails and a headsail.

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French latine (Latin)

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lateen (plural lateens)

  1. (nautical) A triangular fore-and-aft sail set on a boom in such way that the tack is attached to the hull of the vessel and the free end of the boom lifts the sail.
    • 1980: The lateen sail is triangular or a quadrilateral which is almost triangular, the former being the type used by the Byzantines. — Richard W. Unger, The Ship in the Medieval Economy 600-1600, page 47.

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