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pirogue

[pi-rohg, pee-rohg] /pɪˈroʊg, ˈpi roʊg/
noun
1.
piragua (def 1).
2.
a native boat, especially an American dugout.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < French < Spanish piragua piragua
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  • Those who hadn't done any research would have been up a creek, or in this case a bayou, without a pirogue pole.
  • The park also has life size keelboat and pirogue replicas.
  • She traveled down the river on a motor powered pirogue and did transect on both sides.
British Dictionary definitions for pirogue

pirogue

/pɪˈrəʊɡ/
noun
1.
any of various kinds of dugout canoes
Word Origin
C17: via French from Spanish piragua
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Word Origin and History for pirogue
n.

1660s, from French pirogue, probably from Galibi (a Carib language) piragua "a dug-out." Cf. Spanish piragua (1530s).

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Encyclopedia Article for pirogue

piragua

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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