Definition of coracle in English:

coracle

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒrək(ə)l
 
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noun

  • (Especially in Wales and Ireland) a small round boat made of wickerwork covered with a watertight material, propelled with a paddle.
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    • The suspended flotilla includes modern powerboats, yachts and coracles.
    • From Hampi, round, flat-bottomed boats called coracles ferry people across the river to a rocky jetty, but that is only the beginning of the trip to the Anjanadri temple.
    • They paddled inshore in a coracle of skins which, for the most part, lay upturned on the deck like the hollow carcass of some giant turtle.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Welsh corwgl, cwrwgl, related to Scottish Gaelic and Irish curach 'small boat'; compare with currach.

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