meaning of carrack

carrack meaning in General Dictionary

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  • a large galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman
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carrack meaning in Etymology Dictionary

vendor ship, belated 14c., from Old French caraque "large, square-rigged sailing vessel," from Spanish carraca, associated with Medieval Latin carraca, Italian caracca, all of unsure origin, perhaps from Arabic qaraqir, plural of qurqur "merchant ship." The Arabic term maybe was from Latin carricare (see charge (v.)) or Greek karkouros "boat, pinnacle."