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proa

[ proh-uh ]
/ ˈproʊ ə /
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noun

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.

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Origin of proa

1575–85; <Malay pərahu,pərau (spelling perahu) (<Kannada paḍahu, or a cognate Dravidian word); probably influenced by Spanish or Portuguese proaprow1, bow
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British Dictionary definitions for proa

proa

prau

/ (ˈprəʊə) /

noun

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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