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a merchant vessel having various rigs, used especially by Mediterranean countries in the 15th and 16th centuries; galleon.
Historical Examples

Had he not scuttled a Spanish carack four years ago in the bay of Funchal?
The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini

She proposed that Brian take one carack and she the other, but at this Brian laughed.
Nuala O’Malley H. Bedford-Jones

A dozen men in the tops of the carack were balancing a huge stone with the intention of dropping it over on the English deck.
Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle

A little before night the carack put to sea, when we also weighed and made sail after her.
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume IX. Robert Kerr

But the carack was still burning, and not a man belonging to her was to be seen.
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume IX. Robert Kerr

But, of 700 who sailed in the carack, there came not above 250 to Goa, as we were afterwards credibly informed.
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume IX. Robert Kerr

Grief-stricken his corsairs bore him back aboard the carack.
The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini

Nuala had sent fifty of her men to join Turlough, left twenty to hold her castle, and had ten with her upon the carack.
Nuala O’Malley H. Bedford-Jones

She was a large ship of the corvette kind, with something of the carack and something of the polacca about her.
Marjorie Justin Huntly McCarthy

Her second carack had fallen behind, a shot having sent its foremast overside, but the other two ships were driving in.
Nuala O’Malley H. Bedford-Jones

a galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman in the 15th and 16th centuries

merchant ship, late 14c., from Old French caraque “large, square-rigged sailing vessel,” from Spanish carraca, related to Medieval Latin carraca, Italian caracca, all of uncertain origin, perhaps from Arabic qaraqir, plural of qurqur “merchant ship.” The Arabic word perhaps was from Latin carricare (see charge (v.)) or Greek karkouros “boat, pinnacle.”


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