fe·​luc·​ca | \ fə-ˈlü-kə How to pronounce felucca (audio) , -ˈlə-kə How to pronounce felucca (audio) \

Definition of felucca

: a narrow fast lateen-rigged sailing vessel chiefly of the Mediterranean area

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Examples of felucca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cairo residents might have coffee at a floating restaurant or board a felucca for an hourlong cruise; Nile water flows from their taps and grows their food. New York Times, "Rowing the Nile: A Soothing Respite in a Chaotic Metropolis," 2 Jan. 2021 The felucca set sail without him but with his paintings still on board. Teju Cole, New York Times, "In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings," 23 Sep. 2020 Spend time visiting a local Nubian village, and board a felucca—a traditional wooden sailboat of the Nile—for a romantic evening cruise. National Geographic, "Egypt Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 Late afternoon departure from your hotel to the west side of the Nile by felucca sailing boat. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Egypt," 5 Oct. 2016 In Aswan, the group will visit the island temple of Philae and the Nubian Museum, drink afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel and sail on a felucca. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Egypt journey combines land tour with cruise on the Nile," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of felucca

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for felucca

Italian feluca

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9 Jan 2021

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“Felucca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/felucca. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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