from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as polacca.
  • noun A mast of one piece, without tops.

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

  • noun Same as polacca, 1.

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

  • noun nautical, obsolete A three-masted merchant ship.


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  • A three-masted Mediterranean vessel used in the 1700s and early 1800s.

    August 2, 2007

  • "'Mr Powell and Mr Comfrey are to go straight to Malta in that storeship over there.'

    "'The xebec, or the polacre?'

    'The vessel to the right,' said Graham somewhat testily. 'The vessel that is so busy, with sailors creeping up the masts.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 80

    February 11, 2008