Meaning of CARAVEL in English

/kar"euh vel'/ , n.

a small Spanish or Portuguese sailing vessel of the Middle Ages and later, usually lateen-rigged on two or three masts.

Also, carvel .

[ 1520-30; car ( a ) velle

caravela, equiv. to cárav ( o ) kind of ship ( carabus a small wicker boat kárabos skiff, crayfish) + -ela dim. suffix ]

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