not that a canoe is really nautical
I find it difficult to agree with this statement, which appears to me to imply that “ really nautical” and “salt water”, “open sea”, etc., must necessarily go together. Are the ships that ply the Great Lakes, the Amazon, the Danube, then, less “nautical” than those that brave the Altlantic rollers? Or is a canoe perhaps disqualified from being “really nautical” because of its size (in which case, what dimension, or group of dimensions, would be involved in the qualifying test --- beam, length, displacement?)?
I concur with Dr.Techie, even though he’s not that emphatic with his claim. A canoe is not categorized as a naval(nautical) vessel. A canoe is not equipped to navigate the great oceans. While I understand that canoeing is a challenging sport and was a method of transportation in the Amazon, North America and Polynesia; nevertheless, a canoe can not be defined as nautical. Nautical as the word is defined.
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Forms: α. 15–17 canoa, 16 cannoa; β. 15–17 canow(e, 16 cannow(e, canou(e, 16–17 canoo; γ. 16– caano, cano, 16–17 cannoe, 17– canoe.(Show Less)
Etymology: In 16th cent. canoa, < Spanish canoa, < canoa, the name (in a Central American Indian language) encountered by Columbus in Haiti. Canoa continued in English use into the 18th cent., but before 1600 there appeared a parallel form canow, used with varieties of spelling into the 18th cent., which was apparently an English modification of canoa; in the course of the 17th cent. appeared the forms caano, cano, canno, canoo, cannoe, and canoe, of which cano is also the Dutch, and canoe an earlier French form (in Cauxois’ translation of Acosta 1600).
(The modern French canot is considered by Diez and Scheler a diminutive of Old French cane ship, boat (probably of Germanic origin: compare Low German kane, Dutch kaan, German kahn, also Latin canna small vessel, gondola); but it is perhaps the word canoe spelt according to a mistaken etymology. It is not however the equivalent of canoe in English, but means simply ‘little boat’.)
1. A kind of simple, keelless boat:
a. Originally applied to those of the West Indian aborigines, which were hollowed out of a single tree-trunk, and thence to those of other primitive societies, or of prehistoric cultures, of this construction.
b. Extended to those of other societies and other construction, and used generally for any roughly-made craft used by American Indians, Malayo-Polynesians, etc.; most of these use paddles instead of oars, whence ‘canoe’ is sometimes understood to be any vessel propelled by paddles (cf. sense 2).
a. A small light sort of boat or skiff propelled by paddling, used chiefly for recreation in Europe, North America, etc.
Brit. /ˈnɔːtɪk/ , U.S. /ˈnɔdɪk/ , /ˈnɑdɪk/
Forms: 16 nautick, 16 nautike, 16– nautic.
Etymology: < Middle French, French nautique of or relating to sailors (early 16th cent.), of or relating to navigation (mid 16th cent.), and its etymon classical Latin nauticus of or relating to ships, seafaring < ancient Greek ναυτικός of or belonging to ships, seafaring < ναύτης sailor (see -naut comb. form) + -ικός -ic suffix. Compare earlier nautical adj. With use as noun compare earlier nautical n.(Show Less)
Online Etymology Dictionary
1550s, from -al (1) + nautic from Middle French nautique, from Latin nauticus “pertaining to ships or sailors,” from Greek nautikos “seafaring, naval,” from nautes “sailor,” from naus “ship,” from PIE *nau- (2) “boat” (see naval).
Definition of nautical:
• Pertaining to ships, sailors, or navigation: naval: marine.
• Of or relating to ships or seamen; naval.
• nau·ti·cal adjective \ˈnȯ-ti-kəl, ˈnä-\
• : relating to ships and sailing
Full Definition of NAUTICAL
of, relating to, or associated with seamen, navigation, or ships
Synonyms: nautical, marine, maritime, naval
The Free Dictionary:
These adjectives mean of or relating to the sea, ships, shipping, sailors, or navigation: nautical charts; marine insurance; maritime law; a naval officer.