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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pristine, easy-swimming water, craggy rocks, and lovely sunsets set against the silhouettes of traditional dhow boats complete the picture. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2023 There is a diverse offering on the island, and there is no better way to sample them than to board a traditional dhow bound for a sand bar offering a panoramic view of Stone Town, especially if a visiting winemaker happens to be curating the tasting. Darren Humphreys, Travel + Leisure, 12 Mar. 2021 The sparkling waters are perfect for swimming, kayaking, and snorkeling over coral reefs, and, at sunset, cruising on the resort's dhow, a traditional Arabic sailboat. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2023 Any pearls found in the mollusks were graded and kept under lock and key on the dhow (pearling boat), with the opened shells either tossed back into the sea or kept to sell as mother-of-pearl. Sarah Reid, CNN, 9 Mar. 2023 For those who'd like to learn more about Zanzibar culture, the resort's concierge can help arrange a tour of the island's landmarks or sign you up for Swahili cooking classes, palm-weaving workshops, or dhow sailing excursions. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 2 Feb. 2023 There are still multiple options available for fans in Qatar available to rent, ranging from hotels, cruise ship rooms, traditional dhow sailing vessels and tents, the fan village, porta cabins and caravans. Lujain Jo, ajc, 10 Nov. 2022 The Sullivans came across the dhow in the Gulf of Oman on Nov. 8. Courtney Kube, NBC News, 10 Jan. 2023 The dhow also had more than 100 tons of urea fertilizer, which can be used as an explosive precursor. Courtney Kube, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 3 Jun. 2023.

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