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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lateen  \La*teen"\,  a.  (Naut.) 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  peculiar  rig  used  in  the  Mediterranean 
  and  adjacent  waters,  esp.  on  the  northern  coast  of  Africa. 
  See  below. 
  {Lateen  sail}.  [F.  voile  latine  a  sail  in  the  shape  of  a 
  right-angled  triangle;  cf  It  &  Sp  vela  latina;  properly 
  Latin  sail.  See  {Latin}.]  (Naut.)  A  triangular  sail, 
  extended  by  a  long  yard,  which  is  slung  at  about  one 
  fourth  of  its  length  from  the  lower  end  to  a  low  mast, 
  this  end  being  brought  down  at  the  tack,  while  the  other 
  end  is  elevated  at  an  angle  or  about  forty-five  degrees; 
  --  used  in  small  boats,  feluccas,  xebecs,  etc.,  especially 
  in  the  Mediterranean  and  adjacent  waters.  Some  lateen 
  sails  have  also  a  boom  on  the  lower  side 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  rigged  with  a  triangular  (lateen)  sail  [syn:  {lateen-rigged}] 
  n  :  a  triangular  sail  used  especially  in  the  Mediterranean  [syn: 
  {lateen  sail}] 

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