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n. & v. --n. a small narrow boat with pointed ends usu. propelled by paddling. --v.intr. (canoes, canoed, canoeing) travel in a canoe. Derivatives: canoeist n. Etymology: Sp. and Haitian canoa
Canoe Ca*noe", n.; pl. Canoes. [Sp. canoa, fr. Caribbean can['a]oa.] 1. A boat used by rude nations, formed of trunk of a tree, excavated, by cutting of burning, into a suitable shape. It is propelled by a paddle or paddles, or sometimes by sail, and has no rudder. Others devised the boat of one tree, called the canoe. --Raleigh. 2. A boat made of bark or skins, used by savages. A birch canoe, with paddles, rising, falling, on the water. --Longfellow. 3. A light pleasure boat, especially designed for use by one who goes alone upon long excursions, including portage. It it propelled by a paddle, or by a small sail attached to a temporary mast.
Canoe Ca*noe", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Canoedp. pr. & vb. n. Canoeing.] To manage a canoe, or voyage in a canoe.
(canoes) A canoe is a small, narrow boat that you move through the water using a stick with a wide end called a paddle. N-COUNT
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