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A small, fast Spanish or Portuguese sailing ship of the 15th–17th centuries.
- ‘The even skin of the carvel hull enabled shipwrights to cut gunports close to the waterline.’
- ‘Nine years later his caravels were wrecked at Puerto Bueno - the present Dry Harbour.’
- ‘One theory has it as the hulk of a Portuguese caravel wrecked here in the 1560s.’
- ‘Its tall twin bell towers were the first sign of port for the caravels making the long voyage from Lisbon, Africa or Macau.’
- ‘Square-rigged sails were particularly effective on the lighter ships known as caravels, which is why the Nina and Pinta were apt choices for Columbus's first voyage.’
Early 16th century: from French caravelle, from Portuguese caravela, diminutive of caravo, via Latin from Greek karabos horned beetle or light ship.
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