• WordNet 3.6
    • n felucca a fast narrow sailing ship of the Mediterranean
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Felucca (Naut) A small, swift-sailing vessel, propelled by oars and lateen sails, -- once common in the Mediterranean.Sometimes it is constructed so that the helm may be used at either end.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n felucca A long, narrow vessel, used in the Mediterranean, rigged with two lateen sails borne on masts which have an inclination forward, and capable of being propelled also by oars, of which it can carry from eight to twelve on each side. Feluccas are seldom decked, but in the stern they have an awning or little house for shelter. The cutwater terminates in a long beak. Feluccas were formerly used for passengers and despatches where great speed was required, but are now less common than formerly, and serve the ordinary purpose of coasters and fishing-boats. Vessels closely similar in model and rig are used on some of the Swiss lakes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Felucca fe-luk′a a class of small merchant-vessels, used in the Mediterranean, with two masts, lateen sails, and often a rudder at each end.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. feluca,cf. Sp. faluca, Pg. falua,), fr. Ar. fulk, ship, or harrāqah, a sort of ship
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. feluca, which, like Fr. felouque, is from Ar. fulk, a ship.


In literature:

But here comes that cursed felucca's boat.
"The Pirate of the Mediterranean" by W.H.G. Kingston
The next morning, a felucca anchored to procure some water; and, as she was proceeding to Toulon, I requested a passage.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
Mr Silva had recaptured the four vessels taken by the felucca.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
On his doing this, the felucca hauled her wind and stood to the northward.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The galliasse was somewhat like the lugger or felucca of modern days.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was a swift-sailing lateen-rigged felucca, one of those crafts that are common enough in Eastern waters, especially in the Levant.
"Picked up at Sea" by J.C. Hutcheson
It was not long before I discovered that there was a mystery of some sort attaching to the felucca that lay at anchor in the bay.
"A Middy of the King" by Harry Collingwood
On flew the felucca, urged by sails and oars.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Also, a name for the beak of a xebec or felucca.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
On Wednesday, the wind was fair from Leghorn, and in the evening several feluccas arrived thence.
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb

In poetry:

A film of sheeted silver gray
Shuts in the ocean's hue;
White-winged feluccas cleave their way
In paths of gorgeous blue.
"Songs of the Summer Days" by George MacDonald
A crackling fire. Light, heat in the felucca.
Pikes in the water. Pearl-white sand below.
The trident now! You'll get one if you're lucky.
Go slow, don't rush. A blow! Another blow!
"In An Estuary" by Ivan Bunin

In news:

A felucca, a wooden boat, piles the Nile.
It was never easy to reconcile a stubby, toad-like Hosni Mubarak with images of graceful feluccas plying the Nile and in the distance pyramids rising out of the ancient sand.