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coracle

[kawr-uh-kuh l, kor-]
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noun
  1. a small, round, or very broad boat made of wickerwork or interwoven laths covered with a waterproof layer of animal skin, canvas, tarred or oiled cloth, or the like: used in Wales, Ireland, and parts of western England.

Origin of coracle

1540–50; < Welsh corwgl, corwg; akin to Irish curach boat; see currach
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Examples from the Web for coracle

Historical Examples

  • I sprang to my feet and leaped, stamping the coracle under water.

    Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Immensely tall she looked to me from my low station in the coracle.

    Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • I sprang to my feet, and leaped, stamping the coracle under water.

  • Fin came in close to land with his coracle, and asked what he wanted.

  • For sure, God would not come in a coracle, just as he himself might come.


British Dictionary definitions for coracle

coracle

noun
  1. a small roundish boat made of waterproofed hides stretched over a wicker frame

Word Origin

C16: from Welsh corwgl; related to Irish curach boat
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Word Origin and History for coracle

n.

"round boat of wicker, coated with skins," 1540s (the thing is described, but not named, in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle from 9c.), from Welsh corwgl, from corwg, cognate with Gaelic curachan, Middle Irish curach "boat," which probably is the source of Middle English currock "coracle" (mid-15c.). The name is perhaps from the hides that cover it (see corium).

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