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

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Examples of dhow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inspired by traditional Arabian sailing dhows, the boat is docked on the Bou Regreg River, with views out to the ocean, up to the Kasbah, and across to Salé. Nicola Chilton, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Feb. 2024 Dispatched from the mobile base USS Lewis B. Puller, the Navy forces boarded the dhow aided by helicopters and drones. TIME, 22 Jan. 2024 The risky nighttime mission last Thursday to board the dhow in rough waters continued even after one of the SEALs fell into the water and the second SEAL, following protocol, jumped into the water to rescue his teammate. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 16 Jan. 2024 The SEALs' search last week was not part of this mission but rather a broader practice by Western allies in recent years to apprehend dhows allegedly responsible for ferrying Iranian weapons to the Houthis, a charge Iran denies. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 16 Jan. 2024 After they were taken off the dhow, the vessel was deemed unsafe and sunk by naval forces. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 21 Jan. 2024 The dhow’s crew lacked official paperwork, which allowed the U.S. boarding team to search the vessel. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2024 The dhow’s crew, who were still being questioned on Friday, did not exhibit hostility, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the incident. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2024 Last week, naval forces captured a dhow carrying Iranian missile warheads bound for Yemen, but lost two Navy SEALs who were swept away by swells in the Arabian Sea. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Arabic dāwa

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dhow was in 1785

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“Dhow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dhow. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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