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coracle

[kawr-uh-kuh l, kor-] /ˈkɔr ə kəl, ˈkɒr-/
noun
1.
a small, round, or very broad boat made of wickerwork or interwoven laths covered with a waterproof layer of animal skin, canvas, tarred or oiled cloth, or the like: used in Wales, Ireland, and parts of western England.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Welsh corwgl, corwg; akin to Irish curach boat; see currach
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British Dictionary definitions for coracle

coracle

/ˈkɒrəkəl/
noun
1.
a small roundish boat made of waterproofed hides stretched over a wicker frame
Word Origin
C16: from Welsh corwgl; related to Irish curach boat
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Word Origin and History for coracle
n.

"round boat of wicker, coated with skins," 1540s (the thing is described, but not named, in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle from 9c.), from Welsh corwgl, from corwg, cognate with Gaelic curachan, Middle Irish curach "boat," which probably is the source of Middle English currock "coracle" (mid-15c.). The name is perhaps from the hides that cover it (see corium).

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Encyclopedia Article for coracle

primitive, light, bowl-shaped boat with a frame of woven grasses, reeds, or saplings covered with hides. Those still used, in Wales and on the coasts of Ireland, usually have a canvas and tar covering. American Indians used the similar bullboat, covered with buffalo hides, on the Missouri River, and the corita, often sealed with bitumen, on the Colorado

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