- piragua(def 1).
- a native boat, especially an American dugout.
Origin of pirogue
1655–65; < French < Spanish piragua piragua
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Examples from the Web for pirogue
I shall land in the pirogue with the doctor and the boatswain.The English at the North Pole
Then the reflection followed—if such were the case, I should have found the pirogue by the tree?
He would not understand the firing, and might fear to come with the pirogue!
There was no trace left where the pirogue was moored—no mark upon the tree.
They could see the pirogue, and both the negro and myself standing by the bow.
- any of various kinds of dugout canoes
C17: via French from Spanish piragua
Word Origin and History for pirogue
1660s, from French pirogue, probably from Galibi (a Carib language) piragua "a dug-out." Cf. Spanish piragua (1530s).
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