Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk; a piragua.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A canoe of shallow draft, made by hollowing a log.
  • n. A small flat-bottom boat of shallow draft. Specifically, a flat-bottom boat made of one four-feet by eight-feet piece of plywood, the bottom being a two-feet eight-inches wide eight-feet long pointed-ends lengthwise-centered oval cut from the piece, and the boat's sides being comprised of the two remaining pieces attached lengthwise to the outside edges of the oval.
  • n. A style of pasta shaped as a miniature canoe folded over.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dugout canoe; by extension, any small boat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A canoe made from the trunk of a tree hollowed out.
  • n. Same as periagua, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a canoe made by hollowing out and shaping a large log

Etymologies

French, from Spanish piragua; see piragua.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French pirogue, in turn from Spanish piragua, from Galibi Carib piraua. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You can also take a king-size pirogue, which is usually faster.

    Snow traveller

  • The pirogue was a very quaint-looking craft, of about twenty feet in length by some five feet beam, formed out of a solid log of wood which had been roughly trimmed with an axe to form the bottom portion of her, with a couple of planks above to form her top sides.

    The Cruise of the Thetis A Tale of the Cuban Insurrection

  • The other two boats were of that variety of open craft known as pirogue, a craft shaped like a flat-iron, square-sterned, flat-bottomed, roomy, of light draft, and usually provided with four oars and a square sail which could be used when the wind was aft, and which also served as a tent, or night shelter, on shore.

    First Across the Continent; The Story of The Exploring Expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1804-5-6

  • The pirogue was a project my dad and I had made several years earlier, and though she could glide through the water barely skimming the surface, I knew how easily she would tip over if she suddenly got lodged on a submerged log.

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  • The pirogue is a massive appetizer, comprised of the skins of one and a half robustly - sized potatoes smothered in cheese and little crumbles of fried alligator with a side of mustard dipping sauce.

    Taste T.O. - Food & Drink In Toronto

  • Coast Guard Lt. Brenton Caine says the large, canoe-shaped boat known as a pirogue was towed to shore early Wednesday.

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  • For those who don't know, a pirogue is a Cajun boat that makes a canoe look large and roomy.

    Local News from Tuscaloosa News

  • a tiny "pirogue" -- the traditional flat-bottomed, pointy-ended canoe used by Louisiana bayou folk for generations.

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  • ($8.95) envisioning it will be something like dumplings, but what arrives is closer to pirogi, while the pirogue is a potato skin-like appetizer.

    Taste T.O. - Food & Drink In Toronto

  • Before it was over, Nguyen had blessed a fiberglass flatboat, a 20-foot Trophy Bayliner and a tiny "pirogue" the traditional flat-bottomed, pointy-ended canoe used by Louisiana bayou folk for generations.

    Gulf oil spill makes blessing of boats a sad task in La. this year

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