One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small wooden sailing vessel used in India and SE Asia.
- ‘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.’
- ‘On arrival we're met by a dhoni that takes us the last few hundred yards to our island.’
- ‘Later, it's a stroll along the beach to the pier, from where a dhoni collects us for sunset fishing - we catch nothing but a great view.’
- ‘We were safely back aboard the dhoni and heading for our mothership, Sea Spirit.’
- ‘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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