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  • n. a small wooden trading vessel, brightly painted and rigged for sail, traditionally used for fishing and trawling.
  • n. One of two species of parrot in the genus Pionites.


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French caïque, from Italian caicco, from Turkish kayık, from Ottoman Turkish قایق (kayık).


  • The Balun is a 24-meter, two-masted Turkish gulet, a kind of wooden sailboat also known as a caique (pronounced "kai-eek").

    Slow Boat to Croatia

  • A party of us embarked in a sort of light boat called a caique, than which no species of vessel, save the gondola, cuts more softly and noiselessly through the waters.

    Journal of a Visit to Constantinople and Some of the Greek Islands in the Spring and Summer of 1833

  • After a boat trip in a traditional "caique," an uphill walk will take excursionists to the crater of an active volcano.

  • Covert operatives would be infiltrated into Greece by planes and caique fishing boats.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Typically for a caique, the Balun has a slow but powerful diesel engine that allows it a cruising speed of roughly seven nautical miles per hour, and rarely uses its heavy canvas sails.

    Slow Boat to Croatia

  • "A caique like the Balun is the camper of the seas," laughs Mr. Bertoldi.

    Slow Boat to Croatia

  • "When I started the business six years ago, the Balun was the only caique in Croatia," says Piero Bertoldi, the 45-year-old owner and captain of the ship.

    Slow Boat to Croatia

  • (The Web sites www. and www. are among several that list caique cruises in the region.)

    Slow Boat to Croatia

  • Were I you, I would sooner set off to the Hyeres islands in a caique, on the chance of being captured by an Algerian corsair and sold to the

    Letters of Two Brides

  • I have ridden in a caique upon the waters of the Bosphorus, and looked upon the capital of the



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