- 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.]
- A boat made of bark or skins, used by savages."A birch canoe, with paddles, rising, falling, on the water." [Longfellow.]
- 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.
Etymology: Sp. canoa, fr. Caribbean canáoa