xebec (n.) "small three-masted vessel," by 1745, from Fr. chébec, from It. sciabecco, ultimately from Arabic shabbak "a small warship." Altered by influence of cognate Sp. xabeque, which shows the old way of representing the Spanish sound now spelled -j-.

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