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xe·bec also ze·bec or ze·beck (zē′bĕk′)
A small three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and lateen sails.
, probably from Catalan xabec
, from Arabic šabbāk
, from šabaka
, to entwine, fasten
; see śbk
in Semitic roots
(Nautical Terms) a small three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and lateen sails, formerly used by Algerian pirates and later used for commerce
[C18: earlier chebec from French, ultimately from Arabic shabbāk; present spelling influenced by Catalan xabec, Spanish xabeque (now jabeque)]
or ze•bec (ˈzi bɛk)
a small three-masted vessel of the Mediterranean, formerly much used by corsairs and later employed in commerce.
[1750–60; alter. of earlier chebec < French < Catalan xabec or Sp xabeque (now jabeque), both < Arabic shabbāk]
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