Baggala

Definitions

  • Baggala
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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Baggala (Naut) A two-masted Arab or Indian trading vessel, used in the Indian Ocean.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n baggala A two-masted Arab boat used for trading in the Indian ocean, between the Malabar coast and the Red Sea. Large numbers of baggalas trade between Muscat, the Red Sea, and India, making one voyage each way annually with the monsoons. They are generally of from 200 to 250 tons burden, are exceedingly weatherly, and are remarkable for the elevation of the stern, which is highly ornamented. Also bagla and buggalow.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. “fem. of baghl, a mule.” Balfour

Usage

In literature:

Very curious boats ply in the waters between Manamah and Moharek; the huge ungainly baggalas can only sail in the deeper channels.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
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