pi·​rogue | \ ˈpē-ˌrōg How to pronounce pirogue (audio) \

Definition of pirogue

2 : a boat like a canoe

Examples of pirogue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hours before sunup every weekday, Adama and his five-man crew roll their pirogues out to sea. Chidinma Irene Nwoye, Quartz Africa, "The EU subsidies which cause overfishing in West Africa’s waters also drive illegal migration," 27 Feb. 2020 Stop to visit a fishing village on the way, and learn about the economy and culture that have grown up around these pirogue-paddling fishermen. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 Reaching these places means bouncing for hours down sandy riverbeds, or even piling motorcycles into a pirogue, crossing the river and riding them in. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 Most of it takes place on boats — from smoke-belching steamers to cargo-bloated barges to slender pirogues carved by ax out of massive trees. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "With Ebola at a “critical point” in Congo, aid groups scramble to limit the outbreak," 2 June 2018 Pointe-au-Chenes Wildlife Management area, $5 million for new fishing piers, boat pull-overs, a parking lot, bridge, pirogue and boat launches, boat docks and bulkheads. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "BP spill trustees propose $47.5 million for recreation, water quality projects," 23 Apr. 2018 Sometimes the danger is a super trawler whose wake can easily swamp a pirogue. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink," 30 Apr. 2017 Race organizer Beth Pichon DiMarco said the first pirogue race on Bayou Liberty was held in June 1951 and was sponsored by... Carol Wolfram, NOLA.com, "Check out the action at the Bayou Liberty Pirogue Races," 4 June 2017 Sometimes the danger is a super trawler whose wake can easily swamp a pirogue. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink," 30 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of pirogue

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pirogue

French, from Spanish piragua, from Carib piraua

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“Pirogue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pirogue. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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