carrack (plural carracks)

  1. (historical) A large European sailing vessel of the 14th to 17th centuries similar to a caravel but square-rigged on the foremast and mainmast and lateen-rigged on the mizzenmast.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 1, scene 2]:
      Faith, he tonight hath boarded a land carrack; if it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever.
    • 2018, David Birmingham, A Concise History of Portugal:
      Thereafter huge sailing carracks brought Indian pepper and cotton, Indonesian perfume and spice, Chinese silk and porcelain, to the royal trading house at Lisbon.
  • nau
  • French: caraque, nef
  • German: Karacke
  • Italian: caracca
  • Portuguese: carraca
  • Russian: кара́кка
  • Spanish: carraca

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