\ ˈdau̇ How to pronounce dhow (audio) \

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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The firm founded by the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid designed the 40,000-seat stadium to resemble the traditional dhow fishing boats, some of which still ply the coast beneath the modern skyline. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Vibrant Qatar shrugs off Arab boycott," 5 June 2019 At night, the Revolutionary Guard would drop mines from vessels disguised as traditional dhows, which ferry cargo around the waters of the Persian Gulf. Washington Post, "Oil tanker attacks echo Persian Gulf’s 1980s ‘Tanker War’," 14 June 2019 An article by Anjali Chanda in The Times of India in 1971 detailed how these goods were brought in: dhows, or traditional Arab sail boats, would moor off the coast and wait for Indian merchant crafts. Abeer Kapoor, Quartz India, "The fascinating story of an American smuggler’s daring escapades in 1960s India," 19 June 2019 In May, the Revolutionary Guards attempted to deploy dhows capable of launching missiles. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "A Tanker War in the Middle East—Again?," 14 June 2019 Sail a traditional dhow boat a half hour to the reef and discover a variety of corals and marine species—from frogfish and sea turtles to shrimp and surgeonfish. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 McKenzie did not mention it, but other officials have said that in early May Iran had cruise and perhaps short-range ballistic missiles configured for potential use aboard a small number of dhows sailing off its coast. Washington Post, "US commander says Mideast buildup prompted Iran ‘step back’," 7 June 2019 As well as perfect beaches, there’s horseback riding, sunset cruising on a traditional dhow followed by dolphin, big game fishing, snorkeling, and diving to be sampled. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Off-the-Grid Hotels for When You Really Want to Escape," 4 Dec. 2017 As the vessels bob in the high waves, people on the dhow toss large boxes into the skiff. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "US military video purports to show arms smuggling off Yemen," 31 Aug. 2018

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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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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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