from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A narrow, swift, lateen-rigged sailing vessel, such as that used on the Nile or in the Mediterranean Sea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A traditional wooden shallow draught sailing boat used in the Mediterranean and along the Nile in Egypt, its rig consisting of one or two lateen sails.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small, swift-sailing vessel, propelled by oars and lateen sails, -- once common in the Mediterranean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long, narrow vessel, used in the Mediterranean, rigged with two lateen sails borne on masts which have an inclination forward, and capable of being propelled also by oars, of which it can carry from eight to twelve on each side.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fast narrow sailing ship of the Mediterranean


Italian feluca, from Arabic falūka, sloop, from Greek epholkion, small boat towed after a ship, from ephelkein, to tow : ep-, epi-, epi- + helkein, to drag, pull.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian feluca, from Arabic فلوكة (falūka). (Wiktionary)


  • I called the felucca ze Ving-and-Ving; and I called myself le Capitaine

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet

  • We boarded what he called his felucca — an outboard-powered scow that bore no resemblance to the slender vessels of the Nile — and pulled out of Essaouira’s small harbor, crossing bands of sea now deep blue, now luminous green.

    Going Coastal

  • In the Sudan, even traveling up the Nile on a felucca was an adventure.


  • One thing that had inclined Ja particularly to the felucca was the fact that it included oars in its equip-ment.


  • We call a felucca, a felucca; a bombarda, a bombarda; a polacre, a polacre; and a lugger, a lugger.

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet

  • The felucca has been the most popular vessel on the Nile for centuries and is still widely used today.

    Top stories from Times Online

  • These native boats are of several kinds, from the small "felucca," or open boat used for ferry or pleasure purposes, to the large "giassa," or cargo boat of the river.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Egypt

  • April, 1700, set out for the Sioux country with twenty-five men, in a small vessel of the kind called a "felucca," still used in the Mediterranean.

    A Half-Century of Conflict - Volume II

  • April, 1700, set out for the Sioux country with twenty-five men, in a small vessel of the kind called a "felucca," still used in the

    A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I France and England in North America

  • Sail on a 'felucca' around Aswan's Botanical gardens


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  • Now it has. Thanks, bilby.

    December 1, 2009

  • Hasn't made one of those sounds-rude-but-isn't lists yet.

    November 27, 2009

  • "'I do not know just how we stand with the Turks. But the Admiral does. He has a whole cat's-cradle of strings in his hands -- you should see the feluccas and houarios and half-galleys that come aboard him -- and it would not be easy for any new man to pick them up...'"
    —Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 100

    February 13, 2008