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: a short-masted Portuguese fishing boat having a large lateen sail, two outriggers and a bowsprit that carry up to six sails, and an outrigger at the stern with two triangular sails

Word History


Portuguese moleta, muleta, from muleta crutch, from Spanish

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“Moleta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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