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Nautical. a sailing vessel having three or more masts, square-rigged on all but the aftermost mast, which is fore-and-aft-rigged.
Literary. a boat or sailing vessel.
Historical Examples

The 15th there was some fault either in the barque or the set of some current, for we were driven six points out of our course.
Voyages in Search of the North-West Passage Richard Hakluyt

Their first vessel, a barque of eight hundred tons, was sold at once in England.
All Afloat William Wood

On June 3d the barque anchored off Gibraltar, the commander breathed his last, and was accorded a seaman’s burial, in the sea.
Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli) Julia Ward Howe

Then, when the barque was off the Tonga Islands, a large “pod” of whales were sighted.
John Frewen, South Sea Whaler Louis Becke

As they sailed in, being yet a good way from the city, they came upon a barque of some 60 tons.
Under Drake’s Flag G. A. Henty

Made towards her, when she proved to be the barque ‘Carleton,’ water-logged.
Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray

The reception of “The barque Future” was far from satisfactory to its author.
Essays on Scandinavian Literature Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

A barque was seen making for the Tyne, towed by a steam-tug.
Saved by the Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne

Without entering into minute details, it may be said that the barque is essentially Phœnician.
The Adventures of Captain Mago Lon Cahun

Why, the barque might founder at any moment, and carry all hands down with her.
The Castaways Harry Collingwood

a sailing ship of three or more masts having the foremasts rigged square and the aftermast rigged fore-and-aft
(poetic) any boat, esp a small sailing vessel
the loud abrupt usually harsh or gruff cry of a dog or any of certain other animals
a similar sound, such as one made by a person, gun, etc
his bark is worse than his bite, he is bad-tempered but harmless
(intransitive) (of a dog or any of certain other animals) to make its typical loud abrupt cry
(intransitive) (of a person, gun, etc) to make a similar loud harsh sound
to say or shout in a brusque, peremptory, or angry tone: he barked an order
(US, informal) to advertise (a show, merchandise, etc) by loudly addressing passers-by
(informal) bark up the wrong tree, to misdirect one’s attention, efforts, etc; be mistaken
a protective layer of dead corky cells on the outside of the stems of woody plants
any of several varieties of this substance that can be used in tanning, dyeing, or in medicine
an informal name for cinchona
verb (transitive)
to scrape or rub off skin, as in an injury
to remove the bark or a circle of bark from (a tree or log)
to cover or enclose with bark
to tan (leather), principally by the tannins in barks
a variant spelling (esp US) of barque

variant of bark (n.2).

“tree skin,” c.1300, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse borkr “bark,” from Proto-Germanic *barkuz, which probably is related to birch and Low German borke. The native word was rind.

“any small ship,” early 15c., from Middle French barque (15c.), from Late Latin barca (c.400 C.E.), probably cognate with Vulgar Latin *barica (see barge). More precise sense of “three-masted ship” (17c.) often is spelled barque to distinguish it.

dog sound, Old English beorc, from bark (v.). Paired and compared with bite (n.) since at least 1660s; the proverb is older: “Timid dogs bark worse than they bite” was in Latin (Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet, Quintius Curtius).

in reference to a dog sound, Old English beorcan “to bark,” from Proto-Germanic *berkanan (cf. Old Norse berkja “to bark”), of echoic origin. Related: Barked; barking. To bark up the wrong tree is U.S. colloquial, first attested 1832, from notion of hounds following the wrong scent.
The protective outer covering of the trunk, branches, and roots of trees and other woody plants. Bark includes all tissues outside the vascular cambium. In older trees, bark is usually divided into inner bark, consisting of living phloem, and outer bark, consisting of the periderm (the phelloderm, cork cambium, and cork) and all the tissues outside it. The outer bark is mainly dead tissue that protects the tree from heat, cold, insects, and other dangers. The appearance of bark varies according to the manner in which the periderm forms, as in broken layers or smoother rings. Bark also has lenticels, porous corky areas that allow for the exchange of water vapor and gases with the interior living tissues.

bark is worse than one’s bite, one’s
bark up the wrong tree


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