A reproduction of a caravel.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle French ; from Portuguese caravela, diminutive of caravo, small vessel ; from Late Latin carabus, small wicker boat covered with leather ; from Classical Latin kind of crab ; from Classical Greek karabos
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or car·a·velle also car·velnoun Nautical
Origin: French caravelle, from Old French, from Old Portuguese caravela, diminutive of cáravo, ship, from Late Latin cārabus, a small wicker boat, from Late Greek kārabos, light ship, from Greek, horned beetle.