a large, heavy knife used as a tool or a weapon in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Origin of parang

Borrowed into English from Malay around 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parang

Historical Examples of parang

  • The parang is simply an ordinary cutlass, with a blade two feet in length.

    British Borneo

    W. H. Treacher

  • A red lichen, the same as that seen on the Parang pass, covered the stones.

  • Their chief weapon is the parang or heavy knife, somewhat like the kris.

  • In his left hand he grasped a parang; his right arm was bandaged.

  • They are also endowed with great courage, and are very skilful in the use of weapons, especially the Parang ilang and spear.

    On the Equator

    Harry de Windt

British Dictionary definitions for parang



a short stout straight-edged knife used by the Dyaks of Borneo

Word Origin for parang

C19: from Malay
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