One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small boat propelled by oars or lateen sails or both, used on the Nile and formerly more widely in the Mediterranean region.
- ‘And on more than one occasion, a late winter storm had wiped out entire armadas of their felucca ships.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Egyptian river boat is known as a felucca and they can be hired along the bank.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They plan on buying a wooden boat, a felucca, in Khartoum to continue their journey.’
Early 17th century: from Italian feluc(c)a, probably from obsolete Spanish faluca, of Arabic origin.
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