or la·va-la·va



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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lava-lava

Historical Examples of lava-lava

  • He passed two or three natives clad in nothing but the lava-lava, with huge umbrellas over them.

    The Trembling of a Leaf

    William Somerset Maugham

  • As a rule he wore shabby ducks, but now he was barefoot and wore only the lava-lava of the natives.

    The Trembling of a Leaf

    William Somerset Maugham

  • The trader took a cigarette from a fold in his lava-lava and gave one to Dr Macphail.

    The Trembling of a Leaf

    William Somerset Maugham

  • The truth is that a lava-lava and a coating of oil are much the most healthy and practical costume in a tropical climate.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey

  • He fell against the hammock and two large round ship's biscuits slipped from under his lava-lava.

British Dictionary definitions for lava-lava



a draped skirtlike garment of printed cotton or calico worn by Polynesians

Word Origin for lava-lava

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