Definitions for xebecˈzi bɛk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
or ze•bec or ze•beck
a small three-masted vessel of the Mediterranean, formerly much used by corsairs and later employed in commerce.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Origin of xebec:
1750–60; alter. of earlier chebec < F < Catalan xabec or Sp xabeque (now jabeque), both < Ar shabbāk
A small, three-masted Mediterranean transport ship
Origin: Either from French chébec, from Spanish xabeque (modern jabeque) or Catalan xabec, ultimately from شباك.
a small three-masted vessel, with projecting bow stern and convex decks, used in the Mediterranean for transporting merchandise, etc. It carries large square sails, or both. Xebecs were formerly armed and used by corsairs
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a small three-masted vessel with lateen and square sails, used formerly in the Mediterranean by the Algerine pirates, and mounted with guns.