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or curagh, curragh

[kuhr-uh kh, kuhr-uh] /ˈkʌr əx, ˈkʌr ə/
noun, Scot., Irish.
a coracle.
Origin of currach
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English currok < Scots Gaelic curach, Irish currach boat; cf. coracle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The curragh is a beautiful spot, there being such a large area for sham fights, field days and drills in general.

    A Soldier's Life Edwin G. Rundle
  • She made a curragh for him, and he crossed over to Tory, but he did not get the cow.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • The priest's horse had carried off a Queen's Plate at the curragh, and, safe and well at the post, could win as he pleased.

  • Accordingly the curragh was made, and a strong-sided one it was.

  • Many years later, some very bad barracks were closed in Ireland, and men and horses were moved to the curragh.

  • The crew left their curragh on the strand and went towards the palace.

  • And there he saw a curragh, and it having a narrow stern of copper.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • You must not link yourself with that Bill Kisseck and his curragh gang.

  • Then the three pushed out their curragh from the beautiful clear-bayed shore of Ireland.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • A score of them went forward then into the country, and a score stopped to mind the curragh.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for curragh


/ˈkʌrəx; ˈkʌrə/
a Scot or Irish name for coracle
Word Origin
C15: from Irish Gaelic currach; compare coracle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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