noun, plural poloi [pol-oi] .
a tall, cylindrical headdress represented, especially on statutes, as worn by women in ancient Greece.

1840–50; < Greek pólos axis

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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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