currach

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cur·rach

also cur·ragh  (kûr′əKH, kûr′ə)
n. Scots & Irish
1. A boat made of waterproof material over a light wood frame, traditionally propelled by means of oars or a sail.
2. A coracle.

[Middle English currok, from Middle Irish curach, from Old Irish; akin to Welsh corwgl, coracle.]
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currach

(ˈkʌrəx; ˈkʌrə) ,

curagh

or

curragh

n
(Nautical Terms) a Scot or Irish name for coracle
[C15: from Irish Gaelic currach; compare coracle]
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cor•a•cle

(ˈkɔr ə kəl, ˈkɒr-)

n.
a small, round boat made of wickerwork or laths covered with a waterproofed layer of animal skin or fabric: used in Wales, Ireland, and parts of western England.
[1540–50; < Welsh corwgl, corwg; akin to Irish curach boat; see currach]
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