See also: catamarán

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A catamaran (twin-hulled boat)

Etymology edit

From Tamil கட்டுமரம் (kaṭṭumaram), from கட்டு (kaṭṭu, to tie) +‎ மரம் (maram, tree, wood).

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkæ.tə.məˈɹæn/, /ˈkæ.tə.məˌɹæn/
  • (Canada, US) IPA(key): /ˈkæ.tə.məˌɹæn/, /ˌkæ.tə.məˈɹæn/
  • (file)

Noun edit

catamaran (plural catamarans)

  1. A twin-hulled ship or boat.
    • 1838, [Letitia Elizabeth] Landon (indicated as editor), chapter XV, in Duty and Inclination: [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 218:
      Swift over the seas the vessel drives; Madras appears in sight. The first object catching the eye, upon the anchor being cast, was an Indian upon his catamaran, who, making a sudden motion, sprung to the side of the ship, grappled there for a moment, and the next was on the deck.
  2. (colloquial, rare, obsolete) A quarrelsome woman; a scold.
    • 1889, William Makepeace Thackeray, Hobson's Choice:
      She meddles with my prescriptions for your wife; she doctors the infant in private: you'll never have a quiet house or a quiet wife as long as that old Catamaran is here.
  3. (obsolete) A raft of three pieces of wood lashed together, the middle piece being longer than the others, and serving as a keel on which the rower squats while paddling.
    • 1808–10, William Hickey, Memoirs of a Georgian Rake, Folio Society 1995, p. 90:
      Three or four strange-looking things now came close to our boat, which I understood were called ‘catamarans’, consisting of nothing more than two or three large trees, the trunk part only strongly lashed together, upon which sat two men nearly in a state of nature [] .
  4. (obsolete) An old kind of fireship.

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  • cat (diminutive)

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  • Catalan: catamarà
  • Portuguese: catamarã

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Etymology edit

From Tamil கட்டு (kaṭṭu, to tie) +‎ மரம் (maram, tree, wood).

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catamaran m (plural catamarans)

  1. catamaran, a twinhulled ship or boat

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Borrowed from English catamaran, from Tamil.

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catamaran m (plural catamarans)

  1. (Jersey) catamaran

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Etymology edit

Borrowed from French catamaran.

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catamaran n (plural catamarane)

  1. catamaran

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