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plew

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[ploo] /plu/
noun, Older Use (in Western U.S. and Canada) .
1.
a beaver skin, especially one of prime quality.
Origin of plew
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Canadian French pelu; French: noun use of pelu haired, hairy (now obsolete or dial.); see poilu
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Examples from the Web for plew
Historical Examples
  • The beaver-skins have fallen, according to their phraseology, to a ‘plew a plug,’ and they find ‘red-skin’ pays better.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Them was the times when this child first went to the mountains: six dollars the plew—old'un or kitten!

    In the Old West George Frederick Ruxton
  • Them was the times when this child first went to the mountains: six dollars the plew—old 'un or kitten.

  • "Thar's no money in beaver at a dollar a plew," commented Hank, watching his partner out of the corner of his eye.

    Bring Me His Ears Clarence E. Mulford
British Dictionary definitions for plew

plew

/pluː/
noun
1.
(formerly in Canada) a beaver skin used as a standard unit of value in the fur trade
Word Origin
from Canadian French pelu (adj) hairy, from French poilu, from poil hair, from Latin pilus
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