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[pi-rohg, pee-rohg] /pɪˈroʊg, ˈpi roʊg/
piragua (def 1).
a native boat, especially an American dugout.
Origin of pirogue
1655-65; < French < Spanish piragua piragua Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pirogue
Historical Examples
  • I shall land in the pirogue with the doctor and the boatswain.

  • There was no trace left where the pirogue was moored—no mark upon the tree.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Then the reflection followed—if such were the case, I should have found the pirogue by the tree?

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • He would not understand the firing, and might fear to come with the pirogue!

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • They could see the pirogue, and both the negro and myself standing by the bow.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • The pirogue floated in an element that more resembled ink than water.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • I had made this reconnoissance while my companion was engaged in fastening his pirogue to the tree.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • The pirogue was filled with the weak, and in the end of it I was curled up with my drum.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • A dozen held tremblingly to the pirogue's gunwale, lest they fall and drown.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • He had but one pirogue, in which were his wife and children.

British Dictionary definitions for pirogue


any of various kinds of dugout canoes
Word Origin
C17: via French from Spanish piragua
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Word Origin and History for pirogue

1660s, from French pirogue, probably from Galibi (a Carib language) piragua "a dug-out." Cf. Spanish piragua (1530s).

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