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[pi-rah-gwuh, -rag-wuh]
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  1. Also pirogue. a canoe made by hollowing out a tree trunk.
  2. a flat-bottomed sailing vessel having two masts.
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Origin of piragua

1525–35; < Spanish < Carib: dugout
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Related Words

kayak, outrigger, dugout, coracle, pirogue, piragua

Examples from the Web for piragua

Historical Examples

  • It was one of the English boats, which had mistaken them for a Spanish piragua.

    The Monarchs of the Main, Volume II (of 3)

    Walter Thornbury

  • The fifth, of 50 tons, with a piragua, fell to the lot of Captain Coxen.

  • All day we fought like bull dogs, but they burnt the booms at night, And I fled in a piragua sore wounded from the fight.

    The English in the West Indies

    James Anthony Froude

  • An awning of brilliant cloths, running from stem to stern over the piragua, overshadowed and almost hid the rowers.

    The Infidel, Vol. I.

    Robert Montgomery Bird

  • From the dugout have come the piragua, Rose's tobacco boat, and the Chesapeake Bay canoe and bugeye as we see them today.

British Dictionary definitions for piragua


  1. another word for pirogue
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Word Origin

C17: via Spanish from Carib: dugout canoe
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