Origin of xebecaltered (infl. by Spanish form) from earlier chebec from French chébec from Italian sciabecco, probably via Spanish xabeque (now jabeque) from Arabic shabb?k, a small warship
also ze·bec or ze·beck
Origin of xebecFrench chebec probably from Catalan xabec from Arabic šabbāk from šabaka to entwine, fasten śbk
- A small, three-masted Mediterranean transport ship
Either from French chÃ©bec, from Spanish xabeque (modern jabeque) or Catalan xabec, ultimately from Arabic Ø´Ø¨Ù‘Ø§Ùƒ (Å¡abbÄk, “small warship, fishing boat").