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proa

[proh-uh] /ˈproʊ ə/
noun
1.
any of various types of Indonesian boats, especially a swift Malay sailing boat built with the lee side flat and balanced by a single outrigger.
Also, prao, prau, prahu.
Origin of proa
1575-1585
1575-85; < Malay pərahu, pərau (spelling perahu) (< Kannada paḍahu, or a cognate Dravidian word); probably influenced by Spanish or Portuguese proa prow1, bow
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  • Even a Malay proa, manned by pirates, would have been welcomed.

    Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs William H. G. Kingston
  • She was a proa, and this would indicate that Phina Island was not far from Malaysia.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • The poor man had been almost out of his mind with fright since he had seen the proa.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • He was determined to ascertain, yes or no, if the proa had definitely left the island.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • When sufficiently dried, it is stowed away in the hold of the proa.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • I recognized the captain of the proa among those who had previously visited me.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • Cries from the proa and the war-canoes echoed across the waters.

    Cursed

    George Allan England
  • The proa was slowly lagging forward; and with it the battle-line, wide-flung.

    Cursed

    George Allan England
  • And as they brought her up a plume of smoke jetted from the bows of the proa.

    Cursed

    George Allan England
  • In the proa, oily brown devils were laboring to reload the brass cannon.

    Cursed

    George Allan England
British Dictionary definitions for proa

proa

/ˈprəʊə/
noun
1.
any of several kinds of canoe-like boats used in the South Pacific, esp one equipped with an outrigger and sails
Word Origin
C16: from Malay parāhū a boat
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