a vessel, usually propelled by sail, formed of two hulls or floats held side by side by a frame above them. Compare trimaran.
a float or sailing raft formed of a number of logs lashed together, used in certain parts of India, South America, etc.
a quarrelsome person, especially a woman.
Canadian Dialect. a wooden sled.

1690–1700; < Tamil kaṭṭa-maram tied wood Unabridged
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catamaran (ˌkætəməˈræn)
1.  a sailing, or sometimes motored, vessel with twin hulls held parallel by a rigid framework
2.  a primitive raft made of logs lashed together
3.  old-fashioned a quarrelsome woman
[C17: from Tamil kattumaram tied timber]

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Word Origin & History

1673, from Tamil kattu-maram "tied wood," from kattu "tie" + maram "wood, tree."
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Example sentences
They may also have fastened two canoes together to make a catamaran, she says,
  with a deck of planks.
Guests choose either a two-hour morning or afternoon catamaran adventure cruise
  to view sea turtles, dolphins and whales.
Explore the waters on a kayak trip, catamaran cruise or parasailing adventure.
Visitors can explore the area in a kayak or aboard a catamaran.
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