- Also pirogue. a canoe made by hollowing out a tree trunk.
- a flat-bottomed sailing vessel having two masts.
Origin of piragua
1525–35; < Spanish < Carib: dugout
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Examples from the Web for piragua
It was one of the English boats, which had mistaken them for a Spanish piragua.
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.Some Notes on Shipbuilding and Shipping in Colonial Virginia
Cerinda W. Evans
- another word for pirogue
C17: via Spanish from Carib: dugout canoe