• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Periagua See Pirogue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n periagua A canoe made from the trunk of a single tree hollowed out; a dugout: used by the American Indians.
    • n periagua A vessel made by sawing a large canoe in two in the middle, and inserting a plank to widen it. These were much used on the coast of the Carolinas in the eighteenth century, and even made voyages by open sea to Norfolk, carrying 40 to 80 barrels of pitch or tar. One 30 feet long and 5 feet 7 inches wide is called “a small pettiaugua” in the Charleston (S. C.) “Gazette,” 1744. Such a boat was also used on the Mississippi and its tributaries, where it is called pirogue and periogue. See pirogue.
    • n periagua A large flat-bottomed boat, without keel but-with lee-board, decked in at each end but open in the middle, propelled by oars, or by sails on two masts which could be struck. This was much used formerly in navigating shoal waters along the whole American coast, and sometimes also on the Mississippi and its affluents.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Periagua per-i-ä′gwä a canoe hollowed out of a single trunk, a dug-out: a vessel made by cutting a canoe in two lengthwise and inserting a large plank: a large keelless flat-bottomed boat for shoal-water navigation, decked at the ends only, propelled by rowing, or by sails on two masts capable of being struck
    • Periagua Also Pirogue′
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In literature:

The road to Cucao was so very bad that we determined to embark in a periagua.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
The boat was really much bigger than ever I saw a canoe or periagua, that was made of one tree, in my life.
"The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Of York, Mariner, Vol. 1" by Daniel Defoe
The periagua, as the craft was called, partook of a European and an American character.
"The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas" by James Fenimore Cooper
Periaguas, or large flat-bottomed canoes, were to be constructed for use in shoal waters.
"The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century" by Clarence Henry Haring
After these came two lumbering periaguas, with sixteen men in each.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
Batteau and periagua still are used; and the gundalow, picturesque with its lateen sail, still is found on our northern New England shores.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Several of the chiefs entered a large boat, called a periagua.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Through the influence of the Portuguese trader, our party had the good fortune to obtain a proper periagua and crew.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
Five Christians passing over it in a periagua, which the Governor had sent with a captain, the periagua overset.
"A Narrative of the expedition of Hernando de Soto into Florida published at Evora in 1557" by A Gentleman of Elvas