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pirogue

[pi-rohg, pee-rohg]
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noun
  1. piragua(def 1).
  2. a native boat, especially an American dugout.
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Origin of pirogue

1655–65; < French < Spanish piragua piragua
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Related Words

kayak, outrigger, dugout, coracle, pirogue, piragua

Examples from the Web for pirogue

Historical Examples

  • I shall land in the pirogue with the doctor and the boatswain.

    The English at the North Pole

    Jules Verne

  • Then the reflection followed—if such were the case, I should have found the pirogue by the tree?

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • He would not understand the firing, and might fear to come with the pirogue!

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • There was no trace left where the pirogue was moored—no mark upon the tree.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • They could see the pirogue, and both the negro and myself standing by the bow.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid


British Dictionary definitions for pirogue

pirogue

piragua

noun
  1. any of various kinds of dugout canoes
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Word Origin

C17: via French from Spanish piragua
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Word Origin and History for pirogue

n.

1660s, from French pirogue, probably from Galibi (a Carib language) piragua "a dug-out." Cf. Spanish piragua (1530s).

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