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lateen

1727, nativized spelling of French latine in voile latine, literally "Latin sail;" see Latin (adj.). So called because it was used in the Mediterranean.

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Definitions of lateen
1
lateen (n.)
a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean;
Synonyms: lateen sail
2
lateen (adj.)
rigged with a triangular (lateen) sail;
Synonyms: lateen-rigged
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