[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. cor triloculare,
  2. cor-,
  3. cor.,
  4. cora,
  5. coraciiform,
  6. coracoacromial,
  7. coracoacromial ligament,
  8. coracobrachial muscle,
  9. coracoclavicular,
  10. coracoclavicular ligament

Origin of coracle

1540–50; < Welsh corwgl, corwg; akin to Irish curach boat; see currach Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coracle


/ (ˈkɒrəkəl) /


a small roundish boat made of waterproofed hides stretched over a wicker frame

Word Origin for coracle

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).

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