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plew

or plu

[ploo]
noun Older Use in Western U.S. and (Canada ).
  1. a beaver skin, especially one of prime quality.
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Origin of plew

1790–1800; < Canadian French pelu; French: noun use of pelu haired, hairy (now obsolete or dial.); see poilu
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Examples from the Web for plew

Historical Examples of plew

  • The beaver-skins have fallen, according to their phraseology, to a ‘plew a plug,’ and they find ‘red-skin’ pays better.

    The Scalp Hunters

    Mayne Reid

  • Them was the times when this child first went to the mountains: six dollars the plew—old'un or kitten!

    In the Old West

    George Frederick Ruxton

  • Them was the times when this child first went to the mountains: six dollars the plew—old 'un or kitten.

  • "Thar's no money in beaver at a dollar a plew," commented Hank, watching his partner out of the corner of his eye.

    Bring Me His Ears

    Clarence E. Mulford


British Dictionary definitions for plew

plew

plu or plue

noun
  1. (formerly in Canada) a beaver skin used as a standard unit of value in the fur trade
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Word Origin for plew

from Canadian French pelu (adj) hairy, from French poilu, from poil hair, from Latin pilus
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