• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Xebec zē"bĕk (Naut) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n xebec A small three-masted vessel, formerly much used by the Algerine corsairs, and now in use to some extent in Mediterranean commerce. It differs from the felucca chiefly in having several square sails as well as lateen sails, while the latter has only lateen sails.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Xebec zē′bek a small three-masted vessel much used by the former corsairs of Algiers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. jabegue, formerly spelt xabeque, or Pg. xabeco,; both from Turk. sumbeki, a kind of Asiatic ship; cf. Per. sumbuk, Ar. sumbūk, a small ship
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp.,—Turk. sumbakī.


In literature:

Perree was on board the xebec 'Cerf'.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Why, in the name of seamanship, is that spar stayed forward in such a fashion, looking like a xebec's foremast?
"The Two Admirals" by J. Fenimore Cooper
The xebec, no doubt, is a coast trader.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
And the end of it was he never again In a Xanthic Xebec went sailing the main.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Also, a name for the beak of a xebec or felucca.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The small cannon of the xebec had been dismounted, but they hastily tied them with ropes.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Now there was a Spanish warship lying in the port, of the kind called a xebec, a sort of three-masted vessel common in the Mediterranean Sea.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various
Kittenish, laughing mermaids nod; or perhaps, quietly resting, softly twine, under vanished wave-worn xebecs, yellow zoophytes.
"Hildegarde's Harvest" by Laura E. Richards