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dhow

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noun \ˈdau̇\

Simple Definition of dhow

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dhow

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

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Origin and Etymology of dhow

Arabic dāwa


First Known Use: 1785

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