\ˈdau̇ \

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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Above, a cargo of sorghum on a traditional Arab dhow boat. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Middle East Power Struggle Plays Out on New Stage," 1 June 2018 Of course the seafaring Swahili people are masterful fishermen, many still using the traditional dhows, canoes carved from mango trees, and bamboo fish traps. Mary Winston Nicklin, USA TODAY, "Tour the Darajani Market in Zanzibar, Tanzania," 13 Mar. 2018 Arab traders sailed here in their wooden dhows on their way south to Zanzibar. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Why Build Kenya’s First Coal Plant? Hint: Think China," 27 Feb. 2018 Facilities include a spa and a marina, but the beach alone is worth coming for: Colorful coral patches shelter sea turtles and stingrays, and impressive snorkeling and dive sites are a short kayak or dhow ride away. Condé Nast Traveler, "Six Senses Zighy Bay," 20 Oct. 2017 Held in November, he three-day festival, which showcases tribal dance and musical performances, dhow sailboat races, and a Swahili bridal ceremony, is not to be missed. Darlene Molnar, ELLE Decor, "Design Destinations: Kenya," 15 Jan. 2010 The men here in Nairobi are but the latest iteration of that tradition, having traded dhow boats for direct flights. Rajiv Golla, The Christian Science Monitor, "As China ups game in East Africa, India tries to guard 'home advantage'," 29 Aug. 2017 On your way back, see 15,000 cultural relics, like ancient gold coins and wooden sailing dhows, at the Sheikh Faisal Museum in Al-Shahaniya, a village 10 miles west of Doha. Erin Florio, CNT, "What to Do During a Doha Layover," 1 May 2017 FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 6, 2011 file photo, a traditional dhow floats in the Corniche Bay of Doha, Qatar, with tall buildings of the financial district in the background. Washington Post, "US urges Qatar, neighbors to ‘sit together’ to ease tension," 25 June 2017

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1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dhow

Arabic dāwa

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English Language Learners 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

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