mokoro, noun

Forms:
makora, makoroShow more Also makora, makoro, makorro, mekoro.
Origin:
SeTswana
A dug-out canoe traditionally used by the Tswana people. Also attributive.
Note:
Originally and predominantly used of such canoes on the waterways of the Okavango Swamps, Botswana.
1928 E.H.L. Schwarz Kalahari & its Native Races 45In order to get to his shop, customers from the main road had to be ferried across in makoras.
1945 L.G. Green Where Men Still Dream 188When the sergeant patrols the rivers and swamps he uses ‘makorros’ — a fleet of three dug-out canoes.
1971 Personality 10 Sept. 105We find our only hope of hiring two mokoros (dugout canoes) is to go to..a village..inside the swamp itself.
1980 Rand Daily Mail 25 Jan. (Suppl.) 1Our mokoros are waiting on the river bank. Visualise half a tree trunk painstakingly hollowed by hand into a needle-sharp canoe. It takes a month for one man to make a mokoro, transport for generations in this waterworld in the middle of the desert.
1985 D. Biggs in Weekend Argus 17 Aug. (Suppl.) 1The owners of dugout canoes, or makoros, follow the waters northward to their villages to tend their herds during the summer months.
1986 Motorist 3rd Quarter 12You can..take an inexpensive 16-minute flight to one of several camps that offer mokoro trips.
A dug-out canoe traditionally used by the Tswana people. Also attributive.

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