carrack

noun car·rack \ ˈka-rək , -rik \

Definition of carrack

:a beamy sailing ship especially of the 15th and 16th centuries

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Origin and Etymology of carrack

Middle English carrake, from Anglo-French carrak, from Old Spanish carraca, from Arabic qarāqīr, plural of qurqūr merchant ship, from Greek kerkouros light vessel


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