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ca•ïque  (kä ēk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsa single-masted sailing vessel used on the eastern Mediterranean Sea, having a sprit mainsail, a square topsail, and two or more other sails.
  2. Nautical, Naval Termsa long, narrow rowboat used on the Bosporus.
Also,  ca•ique. 
  • Turkish kayιk
  • Turkish kayιk; replacing caik
  • Italian caicco
  • French
  • 1615–25


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

caïque /kaɪˈiːk/ n
  1. a long narrow light rowing skiff used on the Bosporus
  2. a sailing vessel of the E Mediterranean with a sprit mainsail, square topsail, and two or more jibs or other sails
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Italian caicco, from Turkish kayik



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