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[bahrk] /bɑrk/
bark3 . Unabridged
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  • All the rest that were in the barque were drowned in the merciless icas.
  • barque three masts or more, square rigged on all except the aftmost mast.
British Dictionary definitions for barque


a sailing ship of three or more masts having the foremasts rigged square and the aftermast rigged fore-and-aft
(poetic) any boat, esp a small sailing vessel
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Old Provençal barca, from Late Latin, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for barque

variant of bark (n.2).

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Encyclopedia Article for barque

sailing ship of three or more masts, the rear (mizzenmast) being rigged for a fore-and-aft rather than a square sail. Until fore-and-aft rigs were applied to large ships to reduce crew sizes, the term was often used for any small sailing vessel. In poetic use, a bark can be any sailing ship or boat.

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