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[pahr-ahng] /ˈpɑr ɑŋ/
a large, heavy knife used as a tool or a weapon in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Origin of parang
Borrowed into English from Malay around 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The hills on either hand were rounded and low, but increased in height as we receded from the parang river.

  • The parang is simply an ordinary cutlass, with a blade two feet in length.

    British Borneo W. H. Treacher
  • When we arrived at parang it looked as though the entire population of the island had assembled for the occasion.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • A red lichen, the same as that seen on the parang pass, covered the stones.

  • This southern region of parang is well populated and is very pretty and productive.

    The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby
  • In his left hand he grasped a parang; his right arm was bandaged.

  • The summit of the parang pass is a narrow ridge, covered with large blocks of stone.

  • They are also endowed with great courage, and are very skilful in the use of weapons, especially the parang ilang and spear.

    On the Equator Harry de Windt
  • The level of our camp on the parang river had been 14,800 feet; and from this we were now gradually but imperceptibly rising.

  • The blow of the parang upon the professor's skull had shocked his overwrought mind back into the path of sanity.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for parang


a short stout straight-edged knife used by the Dyaks of Borneo
Word Origin
C19: from Malay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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