A canoe is a narrow boat that you propel and steer by paddling. Most canoes are fairly light, so that one or two people can carry them easily to the water.

A canoe is wide enough for one person to sit in front of another, and pointed at both ends. Paddlers sit or kneel in the canoe and push through the water with wide, usually wooden paddles to direct their path through the water. The word canoe comes, by way of the Spanish canoa, from the Haitian language known as Carib or Arawakan, canaoua.

Definitions of canoe

n small and light boat; pointed at both ends; propelled with a paddle

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birch bark, birchbark, birchbark canoe
a canoe made with the bark of a birch tree
dugout, dugout canoe, pirogue
a canoe made by hollowing out and shaping a large log
a small canoe consisting of a light frame made watertight with animal skins; used by Eskimos
outrigger canoe
a seagoing canoe (as in South Pacific) with an outrigger to prevent it from upsetting
Type of:
small boat
a boat that is small

v travel by canoe

canoe along the canal”
Type of:
ride in a boat on water

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