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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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  • He was even more distressed when he sighted the clump of gum trees near by which he and Bill had purloined the pirogue.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • I had made this reconnoissance while my companion was engaged in fastening his pirogue to the tree.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • She reached the other bank safely, tied the pirogue, and ran into the house.

    The Shadow of Victory Myrtle Reed
  • I shall land in the pirogue with the doctor and the boatswain.

  • A savage had his hand flung about the mast of the pirogue, others laid hold upon the painter.

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

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • As but few could work at the pirogue at a time, pains were taken to find diversion for the rest to keep them in high spirits.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6 Charles H. Sylvester
  • He had but one pirogue, in which were his wife and children.

  • Probably the news of the massacre of the French had already reached this people, for no pirogue approached the vessels.

  • And he bade us leg it for the pirogue and carry word to you.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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