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Definition of dhoni in English:
noun (plural dhonis)
A small wooden sailing vessel used in India and SE Asia.
- We were safely back aboard the dhoni and heading for our mothership, Sea Spirit.
- In the Maldives, the main vessel tends to be used as a hotel boat, with a smaller dhoni, like the ones used by the land-based dive centres, used for the actual diving.
- All boat dives in the Maldives are drift dives - the dhoni follows the current and picks you up where you ascend.
From Telugu doni; compare with Persian dōnī 'yacht'.
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