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[koh-buh l] /ˈkoʊ bəl/
a flat-bottomed fishing boat with a lugsail, used mainly in northern England and Scotland for salmon. Unabridged
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  • If the coble is beaten against the rocks, she will be smashed to pieces.

    Grace Darling

    Eva Hope
  • “And a damned bad un, too,” replied coble, hitching up his trousers.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • “There be odd chops and changes in this here world, for sartin,” observed coble.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • “It appears to me that he must have had a touch of conscience,” said coble.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • “The corporal never called me, nor was he on deck,” replied coble.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • coble took a quid, and Short thrust the box again into his pocket.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • “I suppose we shall have a song considered as mutiny soon,” observed coble.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • “Either shoved him overboard, or taken him with them, I suppose,” cried coble.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • Sron a Choite (strunyer hote), Nose (or promontory) of the coble.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • Well, but you've not told us how we are all to get into it, coble.


    Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for coble


/ˈkəʊbəl; ˈkɒbəl/
(Scot & Northern English) a small single-masted flat-bottomed fishing boat
Word Origin
C13: probably of Celtic origin; compare Welsh ceubal skiff
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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