Marco Polo

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Polo

[poh-loh]
noun
Marco [mahr-koh] , c1254–1324, Venetian traveler.
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Marco Polo (ˈmɑːkəʊ ˈpəʊləʊ)
 
n
See Polo

polo (ˈpəʊləʊ)
 
n
1.  a game similar to hockey played on horseback using long-handled mallets (polo sticks) and a wooden ball
2.  any of several similar games, such as one played on bicycles
3.  short for water polo
4.  Also called: polo neck
 a.  a collar on a garment, worn rolled over to fit closely round the neck
 b.  a garment, esp a sweater, with such a collar
 
[C19: from Balti (dialect of Kashmir): ball, from Tibetan pulu]

Polo (ˈpəʊləʊ)
 
n
Marco (ˈmɑːkəʊ). 1254--1324, Venetian merchant, famous for his account of his travels in Asia. After travelling overland to China (1271--75), he spent 17 years serving Kublai Khan before returning to Venice by sea (1292--95)

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polo
1872, Anglo-Indian polo, from Balti (Tibetan language of the Indus valley) polo "ball," related to Tibetan pulu "ball." An ancient game in south Asia, first played in England at Aldershot, 1871. Water polo is from 1884. Polo shirt (1920) originally was a kind worn by polo players.
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