From Middle French caravelle, from Old French caruelle, carvelle, from Old Portuguese caravela ("caravel"), a diminutive of caravo, carabo, from Late Latin carabus ("small wicker boat decked with hide"), from Ancient Greek κᾱ́ρᾰβος ("type of light ship; kind of beetle, probably a longhorn beetle; kind of crustacean, probably a crayfish").
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