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or curagh, curragh

[kuhr-uh kh, kuhr-uh] /ˈkʌr əx, ˈkʌr ə/
noun, Scot., Irish.
a coracle.
Origin of currach
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English currok < Scots Gaelic curach, Irish currach boat; cf. coracle Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for curragh
Historical Examples
  • As he stepped into the curragh the moon was rising above the mountains.

    Irish Fairy Tales Edmond Leamy
  • "He's obliged to be at the curragh, at the meeting there," said Darby, answering for me.

  • The wife of Major Monk was a violet-eyed, jolly girl from the curragh.

    Poppy Cynthia Stockley
  • She made a curragh for him, and he crossed over to Tory, but he did not get the cow.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • curragh, a boat made of basket or wicker work, covered with hides.

  • After this his regiment was stationed for some little time at the curragh.

    Lafcadio Hearn Nina H. Kennard
  • Accordingly the curragh was made, and a strong-sided one it was.

  • So they stripped off all his clothes, and sent him away mother naked to the curragh.

  • The crew left their curragh on the strand and went towards the palace.

  • You must not link yourself with that Bill Kisseck and his curragh gang.

British Dictionary definitions for curragh


/ˈkʌrəx; ˈkʌrə/
a Scot or Irish name for coracle
Word Origin
C15: from Irish Gaelic currach; compare coracle
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