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[kawr-uh-kuh l, kor-] /ˈkɔr ə kəl, ˈkɒr-/
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for coracle
Historical Examples
  • 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.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I sprang to my feet, and leaped, stamping the coracle under water.

    Sea Stories Various
  • 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.

  • When he unfolded his mantle, he saw that the coracle was already far from Iona.

  • The coracle swerved, and the four men were wet with the heavy spray.

  • If the result rested on her, coracle Dick would have nothing to fear.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • coracle's house is but a hovel, no better than the cabin of a backwoods squatter.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • Ground game at that, for coracle is in the act of "jugging" a hare.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for coracle


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

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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