- a racing shell propelled by two persons, each with one oar.
Origin of pair-oar
First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for pair-oar
The boat house was deserted, but out in mid-stream was a pair-oar and a rowboat, the latter well filled.The Crimson Sweater
Ralph Henry Barbour
The three pair-oar boats moved off to the starting point and the crowd prepared to watch another exciting contest.The Eight-Oared Victors
In a pair-oar, if either of the hands is a bad waterman, the combination will never rise above mediocrity.
In pair-oar rowing there is needed a je-ne-sais-quoi sort of mutual concession of style.
There are challenge prizes for the house fours and for the sculling and pulling, as the pair-oar outrigger race is called.
- rowing a racing shell in which two oarsmen sit one behind the other and pull one oar eachAlso called: pair Compare double scull
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