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A canoe or boat made from a single trunk or piece of timber.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Eden (c1520–1576), translator. From ancient Greek μονόξυλον, use as noun (short for πλοῖον μονόξυλον boat made from a solid trunk) of neuter of μονόξυλος.
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