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Car"a*vel (?), n. [F. caravelle (cf. It. caravella, Sp. carabela), fr. Sp. caraba a kind of vessel, fr. L. carabus a kind of light boat, fr. Gr. a kind of light ship, NGr. ship, vessel.] [written also caravel and caravelle.] Naut.

A name given to several kinds of vessels.


The caravel of the 16th century was a small vessel with broad bows, high, narrow poop, four masts, and lateen sails. Columbus commanded three caravels on his great voyage.


A Portuguese vessel of 100 or 150 tons burden.


A small fishing boat used on the French coast.


A Turkish man-of-war.


© Webster 1913.

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