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People in a canoe.


Adopted in 16th century from Spanish canoa, from Taino *kanowa (dugout canoe) (compare Arawak kanoa (canoe), Wayuu anuwa, anua (boat, canoe)), from Proto-Arawakan *kanawa.



canoe (plural canoes)

  1. A small long and narrow boat, propelled by one or more people (depending on the size of canoe), using single-bladed paddles. The paddlers face in the direction of travel, in either a seated position, or kneeling on the bottom of the boat. Canoes are open on top, and pointed at both ends.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
      He and Gerald usually challenged the rollers in a sponson canoe when Gerald was there for the weekend; or, when Lansing came down, the two took long swims seaward or cruised about in Gerald's dory, clad in their swimming-suits; and Selwyn's youth became renewed in a manner almost ridiculous, [].
  2. (slang) An oversize, usually older, luxury car.



canoe (third-person singular simple present canoes, present participle canoeing, simple past and past participle canoed)

  1. To ride or paddle a canoe.


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canoe f

  1. plural of canoa