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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.
AFTER four years of training, a black-headed caique owned by a Flintshire couple has only learned the word ``hello''.
The resultant Polish phrase is an instance of a syntactic caique whose appearance here may be easily accounted for if we assume that the original phrase had been reanalysed before translation.
The sailing holiday will take you between some of the lesser-known Greek islands on board a chartered Greek caique and will also stop off at thermal baths in Kithnos a working monastery at Kastriani and the temple of Apollo and Acropolis at Eretia.
Idyllic island-to-island cruises - on board a traditional Greek caique but with all "mod-cons" - are available for the first time in 1998 from Odyssey Holidays (0181 343 9090).
THE body of missing Brazilian student Caique Trindade De Oliveira was found on Monday.
(7) Qinyan is a caique, based on the shared meaning of the Arabic root m-l-k and the Hebrew q-n-y, "to possess." This apt translation was probably inspired by the use of the Arabic qunya as a synonym of malaka and by the use of the Hebrew root in the sense of "possession," as in Genesis 14:19.
Subsequent to the death of the pheasant, ABV genotype 4 was identified at autopsy from a juvenile white-bellied caique (Pionites leucogaster) in the same collection.
Take a caique to Kastri and marry on your own private island outside the chapel of Aghios Nicolaos.