coracle

noun
cor·​a·​cle | \ ˈkȯr-ə-kəl How to pronounce coracle (audio) , ˈkär- \

Definition of coracle

: a small boat used in Britain from ancient times and made of a frame (as of wicker) covered usually with hide or tarpaulin

First Known Use of coracle

circa 1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coracle

Welsh corwgl

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The first known use of coracle was circa 1547

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“Coracle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coracle. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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coracle

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How to pronounce coracle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of coracle

: a very small type of boat that has been used in parts of Great Britain since ancient times

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