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xebec (plural xebecs)
- A small, three-masted Mediterranean transport ship.
1784, Samuel Ancell, A Circumstantial Journal of the Long and Tedious Blockade and Siege of Gibraltar:
- […] she then tacked and stood again for the garrison, when a third frigate and a xebec pushed out, and likewise dropped to leeward, while the cutter kept her course […]
1822, William James, The naval history of Great Britain from the declaration of war by France in February 1793 to the accession of George IV in January 1820, volume 4:
- Being on contrary tacks, the two parties closed fast; and, when about four miles apart, the Halcyon discovered the strangers to be an armed ship, brig, and xebec.
1963, Thomas Pynchon, V:
- Winter. The green xebec whose figurehead was Astarte, goddess of sexual love, tacked slowly into the Grand Harbour.