From the Turkish kaik, a boat or skiff.
1 In its strict meaning it refers to the light boats propelled by one or two oars and used in Turkish waters, particularly the Bosporus, but it was also used as a term for the sultan's ceremonial barge when he went by water to a mosque or to his harem. The word has since been loosely applied to most small rowing boats and skiffs in the Levant.
2 A small Levantine sailing vessel, usually with a lateen rig, but here again the name has been loosely expanded to include a variety of modern sailing and motorized vessels, used mainly for island trade.
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