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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ca*noe"
  1. 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.]
  2. A boat made of bark or skins, used by savages."A birch canoe, with paddles, rising, falling, on the water." [Longfellow.]
  3. 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 canĂ¡oa

verb ca*noe"
To manage a canoe, or voyage in a canoe.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Small and light boat; pointed at both ends; propelled with a paddle
  2. Travel by canoe ("canoe along the canal")

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.

  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.
  2. (slang) An oversize, usually older, luxury car.

canoe was also found in the following language(s): Italian

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Past life for Canoe born Jan 13, 2011

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Burma approximately on 1800. Your profession was seaman, dealer, businessman, and broker.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn determination and persistency. Every misfortune should crash upon your strong will.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.