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A narrow, swift, lateen-rigged sailing vessel of a type traditionally used on the Nile and in the Mediterranean Sea.
[Italian feluca, from Arabic falūka, sloop, from Greek epholkion, small boat towed after a ship, from ephelkein, to tow : ep-, epi-, epi- + helkein, to drag, pull.]
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(Nautical Terms) a narrow lateen-rigged vessel of the Mediterranean
[C17: from Italian felucca, probably from obsolete Spanish faluca, probably from Arabic fulūk ships, from Greek epholkion small boat, from ephelkein to tow]
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fe•luc•ca(fəˈlʌk ə, -ˈlu kə)
n., pl. -cas.
a sailing vessel, lateen-rigged on two masts, used in the Mediterranean Sea and along the Spanish and Portuguese coasts.
[1620–30; earlier falluca < Sp faluca, earlier variant of falúa, perhaps < Catalan faluga < Arabic falūwah small cargo ship]
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