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quillai

[ ki-lahy ]
/ kɪˈlaɪ /
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noun

soapbark(def 1).

Nearby words

quietus, quiff, quill, quill driver, quill pen, quillai, quillai bark, quillback, quilled, quiller, quiller-couch

Origin of quillai

1865–70; < American Spanish < Araucanian
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Examples from the Web for quillai

  • Instead of soap, they used the back of the quillai, which is an excellent substitute.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 5|Robert Kerr
  • When had recourse to for cleansing silks, quillai bark is said not to change the colour of the fabric.

British Dictionary definitions for quillai

quillai

/ (kɪˈlaɪ) /

noun

another name for soapbark (def. 1)

Word Origin for quillai

C19: via American Spanish from Araucanian
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