[pi-rah-gwuh, -rag-wuh]
Also, pirogue. a canoe made by hollowing out a tree trunk.
a flat-bottomed sailing vessel having two masts.

1525–35; < Spanish < Carib: dugout

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piragua (pɪˈrɑːɡwə, -ˈræɡ-)
another word for pirogue
[C17: via Spanish from Carib: dugout canoe]

pirogue or piragua (pɪˈrəʊɡ)
any of various kinds of dugout canoes
[C17: via French from Spanish piragua]
piragua or piragua
[C17: via French from Spanish piragua]

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in its simplest form, a dugout made from one log, but also a number of more elaborately fashioned boats, including various native canoes, the structure and appearance of which generally resemble those of a dugout. The pirogue is widely distributed and may be found as a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico; as a shallow-draft boat that is used to maneuver through the Louisiana swamplands; and as a boat used by the Indians of Guyana. Pirogues may be broadened by constructing them from two curved pieces or deepened by affixing planks to their sides. Compare canoe.

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Why don't you go out and have a piragua or something.
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