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1. A long narrow rowboat traditionally used on the Bosporus.
2. A small sailing vessel used in the eastern Mediterranean.

[French, from Italian caicco, from Ottoman Turkish qayıq (equivalent to modern Turkish kayık); akin to Old Turkic qayğuq, from qaymaq, to slide.]
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1. (Nautical Terms) a long narrow light rowing skiff used on the Bosporus
2. (Nautical Terms) a sailing vessel of the E Mediterranean with a sprit mainsail, square topsail, and two or more jibs or other sails
[C17: from French, from Italian caicco, from Turkish kayik]
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or ca•ique


1. a long rowboat used on the Bosporus.
2. an E Mediterranean single-masted sailing vessel.
[1615–25; < French < Italian caicco < Turkish kayIk]
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It is a long, light canoe (caique,) large at one end and tapering to a knife blade at the other.
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The diachronic analysis of a corpus of TV serials reveals a major presence of English in modern TV language dubbed in Italian, for both external and internal elements (i.e., syntactic structures and lexical caiques, respectively), and, especially, a rise in language's predictability.
(4) The Moriscos may have had Christian names, but they also had Muslim names that they used in secrecy; their literature was in Spanish, but it was filled with Arabic words, phrases and caiques; and they practiced Islam even though they claimed to be Christians.