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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ca·noe n.; pl. Canoes
 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.