[ proh-uh ]
/ ˈproʊ ə /


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.
Also prao, prau, prahu.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈprəʊə) /


any of several kinds of canoe-like boats used in the South Pacific, esp one equipped with an outrigger and sails

Word Origin for proa

C16: from Malay parāhū a boat
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