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  1. the principal garment for both sexes in Polynesia, especially in Samoa, consisting of a piece of printed cloth worn as a loincloth or skirt.

Origin of lavalava

1890–95; < Samoan: clothing
Also called pareu.
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  • He was dressed in a dark coat and lavalava and white shirt, and looked very swagger indeed.

    The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson

    Nellie van De Grift Sanchez

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