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

    British Borneo

    W. H. Treacher
  • A red lichen, the same as that seen on the parang pass, covered the stones.

  • Their chief weapon is the parang or heavy knife, somewhat like the kris.

  • In his left hand he grasped a parang; his right arm was bandaged.

  • 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 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
  • Our road lay across the parang river, which flowed in several channels among the wide expanse of gravel which here formed its bed.

  • 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 hills on either hand were rounded and low, but increased in height as we receded from the parang river.

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

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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