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carack


noun Nautical.

  1. carrack.

noun

  1. a merchant vessel having various rigs, used especially by Mediterranean countries in the 15th and 16th centuries; galleon.

noun

  1. a galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman in the 15th and 16th centuries
n.

merchant ship, late 14c., from Old French caraque “large, square-rigged sailing vessel,” from Spanish carraca, related to Medieval Latin carraca, Italian caracca, all of uncertain origin, perhaps from Arabic qaraqir, plural of qurqur “merchant ship.” The Arabic word perhaps was from Latin carricare (see charge (v.)) or Greek karkouros “boat, pinnacle.”

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