Definition of felucca in English:


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Pronunciation: /fɛˈlʌkə


A small boat propelled by oars or lateen sails or both, used on the Nile and formerly more widely in the Mediterranean region.
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  • The ships were the kind of swift feluccas preferred by the desert warlords, with odd-looking lateen sails and long, backswept oars pointing downwards into the water.
  • They plan on buying a wooden boat, a felucca, in Khartoum to continue their journey.
  • If you want something unusual and more intimate, try sailing in a felucca or explore the rest of Egypt with a day-return train or flight to Cairo.


early 17th century: from Italian feluc(c)a, probably from obsolete Spanish faluca, of Arabic origin.

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