xebec

noun
xe·​bec | \ ˈzē-ˌbek How to pronounce xebec (audio) , zi-ˈbek How to pronounce xebec (audio) \

Definition of xebec

: a usually 3-masted Mediterranean sailing ship with long overhanging bow and stern

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First Known Use of xebec

1756, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for xebec

modification of French chebec, from Arabic shabbāk

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“Xebec.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xebec. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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