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
Origin: [Sp. jabegue, formerly spelt xabeque, or Pg. xabeco; both from Turk. sumbeki a kind of Asiatic ship; cf. Per. sumbuk, Ar. sumbk a small ship.]
A xebec, also spelled zebec, was a Mediterranean sailing ship that was used mostly for trading. It would have a long overhanging bowsprit and protruding mizzen mast. It also can refer to a small, fast vessel of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, used almost exclusively in the Mediterranean Sea.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
zē′bek, n. a small three-masted vessel much used by the former corsairs of Algiers. [Sp.,—Turk. sumbakī.]
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.
The numerical value of xebec in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of xebec in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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