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  • n  a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean
  • s  rigged with a triangular (lateen) sail

  • For centuries, a northerly known as the Kaskazi would fill the lateen sails of Arab dhows traveling in pursuit of Africa's riches.
  • And the book is further marred by the same sort of excessive nautical argot (starboard this, lateen that) that makes Moby Dick such a tough sea of words to oar through.
  • The tartans, or lateen-rigged fishing boats, triangular scraps of white sail on the blue, are flocking back to port.
News & Articles

  • The Vixen
    The Vixen is a rare lateen-rigged yacht built in 1885 and once owned by John Roosevelt, FDR's uncle.
    March 9, 2014 - Register-Star

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