Noun Xebec Definition and Examples







A small three-masted Mediterranean sailing ship with lateen and square sails.
  1. 'The officers of the xebecs knew they couldn't outmaneuver or outrun the British so they decided to scuttle their craft, toss their armament overboard and escape on foot to the north.'
  2. 'The Forte, however, having received intelligence that no other British ship than the Seahorse was cruising in the Archipelago, despatched a squadron, composed of two frigates, two corvette, two mortar-vessels, and some xebecs, upon the service in view.'
  3. 'The frigates easily outgunned the pirates but had trouble blockading their swift, shore-hugging xebecs.'
  4. 'The xebec, as in most ship types, possesses origins difficult to trace.'
  5. 'Acclaimed naval artist Tony Gibbons illustrates every type of sailing warship from ships of the line, frigates, and sloops to privateers’ schooners, bomb ketches, and xebecs.'
((n.) 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.)

Mid 18th century: alteration (influenced by Spanish xabeque) of French chebec, via Italian from Arabic šabbāk.

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