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A.Word.A.Day--catamaran

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This week's theme: words borrowed from other languages.

catamaran (kat-uh-muh-RAN) noun

1. A boat with two parallel hulls, joined by a frame.

2. A quarrelsome person, especially a woman.

[From Tamil kattumaram, from kattu (to tie) + maram (tree, wood). Tamil is spoken in Tamilnadu, a state in southern India and in Sri Lanka. It has about 70 million speakers.]

See more usage examples of catamaran in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"'I'm convinced my catamaran, which is larger than Ellen MacArthur's, can complete the course in 70 days,' [Tony] Bullimore said." British Yachtsman Bullimore Sets Out on World Record Attempt; dpa German Press Agency; May 1, 2007.

"No, madam, it was your turn to bully me once -- now it's mine, and I use it. No, you old catamaran, though you pretend you never read novels." William Makepeace Thackeray; Lovel the Widower; Harper's; 1860.

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