- any of various types of Indonesian boats, especially a swift Malay sailing boat built with the lee side flat and balanced by a single outrigger.
Origin of proa
1575–85; < Malay pərahu, pərau (spelling perahu) (< Kannada paḍahu, or a cognate Dravidian word); probably influenced by Spanish or Portuguese proa prow1, bow
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Examples from the Web for proa
Even a Malay proa, manned by pirates, would have been welcomed.Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs
William H. G. Kingston
The poor man had been almost out of his mind with fright since he had seen the proa.
He was determined to ascertain, yes or no, if the proa had definitely left the island.
She was a proa, and this would indicate that Phina Island was not far from Malaysia.
I recognized the captain of the proa among those who had previously visited me.The Ocean World:
- any of several kinds of canoe-like boats used in the South Pacific, esp one equipped with an outrigger and sails
C16: from Malay parāhū a boat
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