dhow

[dou]
noun
any of various types of sailing vessels used by Arabs on the east African, Arabian, and Indian coasts, generally lateen-rigged on two or three masts.
Also, dau, dow.


Origin:
1795–1805; < Arabic dāwa

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dhow (daʊ)
 
n
a lateen-rigged coastal Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts
 
[C19: from Arabic dāwa]

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dhow
1799, original language unknown, "single-masted native vessel used on Arabian Sea," later widely applied to all Arab vessels. The word may have originated near Oman or Hormuz.
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Example sentences
Outside, the dhow crews wash up around buckets in the hot afternoon sun and sit around piles of rice and curried crab.
Optional excursions here include a dhow cruise and a driving tour of ancient forts and villages.
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