Origin: altered (infl. by Spanish form) from earlier chebec from French chébec from Italian sciabecco, probably via Spanish xabeque (now jabeque) from Arabic shabbāk, a small warship
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also ze·bec or ze·becknoun
Origin: French chebec, probably from Catalan xabec, from Arabic šabbāk, from šabaka, to entwine, fasten; see śbk in Semitic roots.