Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See carval.
  • noun See caravel. A jelly-fish.
  • noun A basket; also, a chicken-coop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as caravel.
  • noun A species of jellyfish; sea blubber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical a small lateen-rigged Mediterranean vessel with two masts, used to carry cargo
  • noun the sea blubber

Etymologies

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From Middle English carvile, from Dutch karveel, from Middle French caravelle, from Portuguese caravela, diminutive of caravo ("small vessel"), from Late Latin carabus ("small wicker boat decked with hide"), from Ancient Greek κάραβος (kárabos, "stag-beetle, crayfish, lobster, small boat").

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