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Xebec meaning

Xebec - 1 dictionary results

  1. 1. A small three- masted vessel, with projecting bow stern and convex decks, used in the Mediterranean for transporting merchandise, etc. It carries large square sails, or both. Xebecs were formerly armed and used by corsairs.

Xebec - examples of usage

  1. Our fugitive, with eighteen other white slaves, was put on board a xebec, carrying eight six- pounders and sixty men, which, on the coast of Malta, encountered an armed vessel belonging to Genoa, and, after much bloodshed, was taken sword in hand. - "White Slavery in the Barbary States", Charles Sumner.
  2. " I thank you for my own part," replied I; " but in conscience could you have abandoned us, after taking away our horses, and making us go on board the xebec, whether we would or not?" - "The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte", Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton.
  3. " Here," he said, pointing to the lateen- rigged xebec; " you see that felucca- boat?" - "Jim Davis", John Masefield.
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