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[dou] /daʊ/
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 of dhow
1795-1805; < Arabic dāwa Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for dhow


a lateen-rigged coastal Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic dāwa
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Word Origin and History for dhow

1799, original language unknown, "single-masted native vessel used on Arabian Sea," later widely applied to all Arab vessels. Klein suggests a relation to Persian dav "running."

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