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la·teen

 (lə-tēn′, lă-) Nautical
adj.
Being, relating to, or rigged with a triangular sail hung on a long yard that is attached at an angle to the top of a short mast.
n.
1. A lateen-rigged boat.
2. A lateen sail.

[French (voile) latine, lateen (sail), feminine of latin, Latin (from its use in the Mediterranean), from Old French; see Latin.]

lateen

(ləˈtiːn)
adj
(Nautical Terms) nautical denoting a rig with a triangular sail (lateen sail) bent to a yard hoisted to the head of a low mast, used esp in the Mediterranean
[C18: from French voile latine Latin sail]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lateen - a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterraneanlateen - a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean
fore-and-aft sail - any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction
lateen-rig - the rig on a lateen-rigged sailing vessel
Adj.1.lateen - rigged with a triangular (lateen) sail
rigged - fitted or equipped with necessary rigging (sails and shrouds and stays etc)
Translations

lateen

[ləˈtiːn] Nvela f latina
References in classic literature ?
A lateen sail was visible in the direction of Cat Island, and others to the south seemed almost motionless in the far distance.
As Dantes (his eyes turned in the direction of the Chateau d'If) uttered this prayer, he saw off the farther point of the Island of Pomegue a small vessel with lateen sail skimming the sea like a gull in search of prey; and with his sailor's eye he knew it to be a Genoese tartan.
I owe to her the awakened love for the sea that, with the quivering of her swift little body and the humming of the wind under the foot of her lateen sails, stole into my heart with a sort of gentle violence, and brought my imagination under its despotic sway.