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lavalava

or la·va-la·va

[ lah-vuh-lah-vuh ]
/ ˌlɑ vəˈlɑ və /
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noun
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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Also called pareu.

Origin of lavalava

First recorded in 1890–95; from Samoan: “clothing”
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British Dictionary definitions for lavalava

lava-lava

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

Word Origin for lava-lava

Samoan
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