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[bahr-kuh n-teen] /ˈbɑr kənˌtin/
noun, Nautical
a sailing vessel having three or more masts, square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft-rigged on the other masts.
Also, barkantine, barquentine, barquantine.
1685-95, Americanism; bark3 + (brig)antine Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for barkentine


(US & Canadian) a sailing ship of three or more masts rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft on the others British spellings barquentine, barquantine
Word Origin
C17: from barque + (brig)antine
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Encyclopedia Article for barkentine

sailing ship of three or more masts having fore-and-aft sails on all but the front mast (foremast), which is square rigged. Because of the reduction of square sails, it required fewer crew members and was popular in the Pacific after its introduction about 1830

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