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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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Recent Examples on the Web Iran has exported drone technology to Yemen’s Houthi rebels, smuggling parts on dhows that ply the trade routes from Iran to North Africa. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "The U.S. Risks Losing the Drone-War Arms Race," 4 May 2020 The Al-Gaffal Traditional Dhow Race happens every year and celebrates the dhow, which is a style of boat still used in the region. Kamran Jebreili, Fox News, "Emirates hosts $2.7 million race for traditional dhow ships," 14 May 2018 In November 2019 and February 2020, the U.S. Navy intercepted dhows loaded with Iranian weapons technology bound for Yemen. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "The U.S. Risks Losing the Drone-War Arms Race," 4 May 2020 According to Captain Urban, the mariners aboard the two dhows were questioned and then turned over to the Yemeni Coast Guard. John Ismay, New York Times, "New Iranian Missiles Pose Threat to U.S. Aircraft in Yemen, Pentagon Says," 19 Feb. 2020 The Whirlwind clipped along at a speed of 32 knots, passing traditional wooden dhows and oil tankers. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "Aboard a U.S. patrol ship in the Persian Gulf, where tensions are spiking," 10 July 2019 Crew members from the USS Normandy seized a huge cache of weapons from a dhow – a small vessel with lateen sails – on Sunday while conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. Central area of operations. Fox News, "US warship seizes Iranian weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, Navy says," 14 Feb. 2020 Their product is smuggled out of Afghanistan via Pakistan or Iran, and moved on fishing dhows around the Gulf of Arabia and down to Kenya and Mozambique. The Economist, "The global drugs trade shifts to west Africa," 21 Nov. 2019 On New Year’s Day, locals and travelers gather around Lamu Island's coast—just off the northern coast of Kenya—to watch dhow boats cut through the Indian Ocean. National Geographic, "What are your New Year's travel resolutions?," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dhow

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dhow

Arabic dāwa

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“Dhow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dhow. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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