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felucca

[fuh-luhk-uh, -loo-kuh] /fəˈlʌk ə, -ˈlu kə/
noun
1.
a sailing vessel, lateen-rigged on two masts, used in the Mediterranean Sea and along the Spanish and Portuguese coasts.
2.
a small fishing boat formerly used in the San Francisco Bay area.
Origin of felucca
1620-1630
1620-30; earlier falluca < Spanish faluca, earlier variant of falúa, perhaps < Catalan faluga < Arabic falūwah small cargo ship
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  • How could the felucca, with no more than a fresh breeze to rely on, hope to evade that greyhound of the seas?

    The Pursuit Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • And the mystery of our felucca's disappearance had to be discussed.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • There he comes, and there is another man with him, replied Raimundo, as the felucca appeared off the light-house.

  • There’s a felucca to windward of her, which I take to be the ‘Panchita!

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede" H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
  • She was given a bag full of crown pieces, and we returned to the felucca.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • I asked him if he thought I could get a felucca next day to take me to Lerici.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • And still the felucca drove shorewards, relentlessly towards the bare face of stone.

    The Pursuit Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • While we were talking, the consul came in to announce that the felucca was ready.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The felucca rounded the point, closely followed by the pilot-boat.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • He pointed to the deck of the felucca, on which there now appeared at least full thirty men.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for felucca

felucca

/fɛˈlʌkə/
noun
1.
a narrow lateen-rigged vessel of the Mediterranean
Word Origin
C17: from Italian felucca, probably from obsolete Spanish faluca, probably from Arabic fulūk ships, from Greek epholkion small boat, from ephelkein to tow
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