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or dahabeeyah, dahabiah

[dah-huh-bee-uh] /ˌdɑ həˈbi ə/
a large boat used on the Nile as a houseboat or for conveying passengers.
Origin of dahabeah
Egyptian Arabic
1840-50; < Egyptian Arabic dahabīyah Unabridged
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  • "But they don't have any rigging to climb, on a dahabeah, they only have to shift a rope once and again," said Mr. Winthrop.

  • Stop the dahabeah, Azimah, he saidWe will rest here for the night.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • Now in 1890 he would go to Egypt, where with two old friends he had leased a dahabeah on the Nile.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • We chartered our dahabeah and travelled up to the Second Cataract.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • Old Nile has many attractions; and lazy luxury on a dahabeah will soothe your overwrought nerves.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • When they got to the dahabeah everybody was bustling about, putting the boat in order for the voyage.

  • So he hailed it and as it slowed down he ordered several of his crew to launch the small boat which the dahabeah carried.

  • After leaving Abdal's family, and just as our party were going on board the dahabeah, Nabul picked up an odd greenish pebble.

  • One of Gordon's forms of recreation was to get out and help to pull his dahabeah.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I Demetrius Charles Boulger
British Dictionary definitions for dahabeah


a houseboat used on the Nile
Word Origin
from Arabic dhahabīyah, literally: the golden one (that is, gilded barge)
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