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also car·ack  (kăr′ək)
A large sailing vessel with a high forecastle and poop, used from the 1300s to the 1500s.

[Middle English carike, from Medieval Latin carrica and from Old French caraque (from Old Spanish carraca), both from Arabic qarāqīr, pl. of qurqūr, from Greek kerkouros, fast light vessel.]


1. (Nautical Terms) a galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman in the 15th and 16th centuries
2. (Historical Terms) a galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman in the 15th and 16th centuries
[C14: from Old French caraque, from Old Spanish carraca, from Arabic qarāqīr merchant ships]


(ˈkær ək)

a merchant vessel of the 15th and 16th centuries.
[1350–1400; Middle English carrake < Middle French carraque < Sp carraca, perhaps back formation from Arabic qarāqīr (pl. of qurqūr ship of burden]
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Noun1.carrack - a large galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantmancarrack - a large galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman
galleon - a large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts; used by the Spanish for commerce and war from the 15th to 18th centuries
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