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or caique

[kah-eek] /kɑˈik/
a single-masted sailing vessel used on the eastern Mediterranean Sea, having a sprit mainsail, a square topsail, and two or more other sails.
a long, narrow rowboat used on the Bosporus.
Origin of caïque
1615-25; < French < Italian caicco < Turkish kayιk; replacing caik < Turkish kayιk Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • It has been erroneously derived from the Arabic caique, supposed to have been applied to the native boats by early explorers.

  • He went down the ladder by the side of the boat, and was pulled away in a caique.

    An Old Meerschaum David Christie Murray
  • Some day, perhaps, I shall tell you what they are, in a caique on the sweet waters of Asia or among the cypresses of Eyub.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • The mast of the caique had gone right through one of the windows in the stern.

    The Vintage Edward Frederic Benson
  • It is a long, light canoe (caique,) large at one end and tapering to a knife blade at the other.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • A caique is in readiness to carry us onward to the bridge of Galata.

    The Walls of Constantinople Bernard Granville Baker
  • I have seen it so before; and where would you be with your caique then, Monsieur Soyer?

  • But if you find a caique, how are we going to get across the river to join you?

    Sylvia & Michael Compton Mackenzie
  • Then we landed (but not in a caique), and went roaming through the yellow town.

    Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • For "communication by caique" is surely a phrase of delight.

    Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu Constance Fenimore Woolson
British Dictionary definitions for caique


a long narrow light rowing skiff used on the Bosporus
a sailing vessel of the E Mediterranean with a sprit mainsail, square topsail, and two or more jibs or other sails
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian caicco, from Turkish kayik
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