xe·bec also ze·bec or ze·beck (zēbĕk′)
A small three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and lateen sails.
[French chebec, probably from Catalan xabec, from Arabic šabbāk, from šabaka, to entwine, fasten; see śbk in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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