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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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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 The short video clip appeared to show a skiff and a dhow, a traditional ship that commonly sails the waters of the Persian Gulf region. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "US military video purports to show arms smuggling off Yemen," 31 Aug. 2018 Dolphin Khasab Tours Dolphin Khasab's dhow tours are a nice way to spend a whole day in Oman: the tours, which can also include transfer from Dubai, offer dolphin sightings, snorkeling, kayaking, and meals. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Dubai," 4 Mar. 2018 The United Arab Emirates has hosted a $2.7 million traditional dhow racing event, which saw the wooden boats powered only on the wind race off the coast of Dubai. Kamran Jebreili, Fox News, "Emirates hosts $2.7 million race for traditional dhow ships," 14 May 2018 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

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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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