Origin of pareu
Borrowed into English from Tahitian around 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for pareu
He wore only a pareu, and was tattooed from toenails to hair-roots.
Along the way we met Kanakas, looking very cool, dressed only in their pareu cloth.Through the South Seas with Jack London
I made a tourniquet of a strip of my pareu and, with a small harpoon, 30 twisted it until the flow of blood was stopped.Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year
Nevertheless, as I smoked at ease in my pareu upon the paepae of my simple hosts I felt some misgivings rise in me.
His knife was in his pareu, which, to leave his legs unhampered, he had rolled and tucked in until it was no more than a G-string.
- a rectangle of fabric worn by Polynesians as a skirt or loincloth
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