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caravel


caravel


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caravel  \Car"a*vel\  (k[a^]r"[.a]*v[e^]l),  n.  [F.  caravelle  (cf. 
  It  caravella,  Sp  carabela),  fr  Sp  caraba  a  kind  of 
  vessel,  fr  L.  carabus  a  kind  of  light  boat,  fr  Gr  ka`rabos 
  a  kind  of  light  ship,  NGr.  kara`bi  ship,  vessel.]  [written 
  also  {carvel}  and  {caravelle}.]  (Naut.) 
  A  name  given  to  several  kinds  of  vessels. 
  a  The  caravel  of  the  16th  century  was  a  small  vessel  with 
  broad  bows,  high,  narrow  poop,  four  masts,  and  lateen 
  sails.  Columbus  commanded  three  caravels  on  his  great 
  voyage. 
  b  A  Portuguese  vessel  of  100  or  150  tons  burden. 
  c  A  small  fishing  boat  used  on  the  French  coast. 
  d  A  Turkish  man-of-war.