catamaran

[ kat-uh-muh-ran ]
/ ˌkæt ə məˈræn /

noun

a vessel, usually propelled by sail, formed of two hulls or floats held side by side by a frame above them.Compare trimaran.
a float or sailing raft formed of a number of logs lashed together, used in certain parts of India, South America, etc.
a quarrelsome person, especially a woman.
Canadian Dialect. a wooden sled.

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Origin of catamaran

First recorded in 1690–1700, catamaran is from the Tamil word kaṭṭa-maram tied wood
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British Dictionary definitions for catamaran

catamaran

/ (ˌkætəməˈræn) /

noun

a sailing, or sometimes motored, vessel with twin hulls held parallel by a rigid framework
a primitive raft made of logs lashed together
old-fashioned a quarrelsome woman

Word Origin for catamaran

C17: from Tamil kattumaram tied timber
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