A scraggy old woman, a vixen; so called by a play on the first
syllable. It properly means a raft consisting of three sticks, lashed
together with ropes; used on the coasts of Coromandel and Madras.
“No, you old catamaran, though you pretend you never read novels.
...” —Thackeray: Lovel the Widower, chap. i.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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