noun \ˈda\

: an Arab boat that is low in the front, high in the back, and that usually has one or two sails that are shaped like triangles

Full Definition of DHOW

:  an Arab lateen-rigged boat usually having a long overhang forward, a high poop, and a low waist

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Origin of DHOW

Arabic dāwa
First Known Use: 1785

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

One- or two-masted Arab sailing vessel, usually with lateen rigging (slanting, triangular sails), common on the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. On the larger types, called baggalas and booms, the mainsail is considerably bigger than the mizzensail. Bows are sharp, with a forward and upward thrust, and the sterns of the larger dhows may be windowed and decorated.


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