[ lah-vuh-lah-vuh ]
/ ˌlɑ vəˈlɑ və /
the principal garment in Polynesia, especially in Samoa, consisting of a piece of printed cloth worn as a loincloth or skirt.
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Origin of lavalava
First recorded in 1890–95; from Samoan: “clothing”
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British Dictionary definitions for lavalava
a draped skirtlike garment of printed cotton or calico worn by Polynesians
Word Origin for lava-lava
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