American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A houseboat having sails and sometimes an engine, used on the Nile.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A Nile boat constructed on the model of a floating house, having large lateen sails.
- Arabic (Wiktionary)
- Arabic ḏahabīya, the Golden One, name of the gilded barge of the Muslim rulers of Egypt, from ḏahabīy, golden, from ḏahab, gold; see ḏhb in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On December 10, the Adamses set out on their chartered boat, the Isis, a modern version of an ancient shallow-water craft known as a dahabeah.”
“Gleyre's best-known picture is the painting in the Louvre, somewhat weak in colouring, but showing much feeling, a Nile subject representing a man sitting on the banks of the river and watching the dreams of his youth, represented as beautiful women, fleeing from him on a decorated dahabeah, which is disappearing.”
“It was in the middle of January, after a pleasant journey up the Nile from Lower Egypt, on board a luxuriously fitted up "dahabeah," that I arrived at Korosko, a Nubian village about a thousand miles from the”
“For four weeks the steam-powered dahabeah chuffed along the green river, stopping to let the travelers stroll among sunbaked ruins or make dusty forays to distant temples arid tombs.”
“As Gordon and his troops (200 Egyptian soldiers) sailed up the Nile in their _dahabeah_, the boat was often blocked by the tangled water weeds.”
“On landing at Alexandria, we were hurried on board a large mast-less canal boat, shaped like a Nile dahabeah.”
“Yet, if you have just come from Egypt and three months on a dahabeah, you will not hesitate to call this luxurious mode of passing from Dan to Beersheba "roughing it in Palestine.”
“He saw the dahabeah slowly making its way up the winding river, the flat banks on either side, the palm trees in silhouetted clusters against the sunset, the shattered cornice of the ruins he was to explore just coming into view.”
“He was just under thirty years, as good-looking as most men, with no one dependent upon him and an income that had withstood both the Maison Doree and a dahabeah on the Nile.”
“This was remarked by occasional inspectors making their official rounds, and by more than one khowagah putting in with his dahabeah where the village maidens came to fill their water-jars.”
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