a small, three-masted ship having an overhanging bow and stern and both square and lateen sails: once common in the Mediterranean
Origin of xebecaltered (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
also ze·bec or ze·beck
A small three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and lateen sails.
Origin of xebecFrench chebec, probably from Catalan xabec, from Arabic šabbāk, from šabaka, to entwine, fasten; see śbk in Semitic roots.
- A small, three-masted Mediterranean transport ship
Either from French chébec, from Spanish xabeque (modern jabeque) or Catalan xabec, ultimately from Arabic شبّاك (šabbāk, “small warship, fishing boat”).