American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Scots & Irish A coracle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A coracle, or small skiff; a boat of wickerwork covered with hides or canvas.
- n. A small cart made of twigs.
- From Irish curach, corrach, from Proto-Celtic *kurukos (“boat”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English currok, from Middle Irish curach; see coracle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is a day of reverent pilgrimage with the celebrant of the Mass bringing the Blessed Sacrament to the island in a special currach.”
“Eitive and Glen Urcha has deprived the country of all the trees of sufficient size to cross the strait of Brandir; and it is probable that the currach was not introduced till the want of timber had disenabled the inhabitants of the country from maintaining a bridge.”
“They call it Portawherry, from the wherry in which Columba came; though, when they shew the length of his vessel, as marked on the beach by two heaps of stones, they say, ‘Here is the length of the currach,’ using the Erse word.”
“ In Irish _corrac_, pr. _corrach_ or _currach_.”
“He and his twelve companions crossed the sea in a currach of wickerwork covered with hides.”
“His identity could be best determined by showing him standing near the shell-strewn shore, with currach hard by, and the Celtic cross and ruins of lona in the background.”
“He came in his currach, with the scholar's belt and book-satchel, to learn divine wisdom in this remote school of the sea.”
“And the young and gentle Ciaran, having got his abbot's blessing, entered his currach and sailed away for the mainland.”
“This skin boat or coracle or currach still survives on the rivers of Wales and the west coast of”
“But bad as the night was, a man of the Fomor, Ciach, the Fierce One, his name was, came over the western ocean in a currach, with two oars, and he drew it into the cave for shelter.”
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