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proa

[proh-uh] /ˈproʊ ə/
noun
1.
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
1575-1585
1575-85; < Malay pərahu, pərau (spelling perahu) (< Kannada paḍahu, or a cognate Dravidian word); probably influenced by Spanish or Portuguese proa prow1, bow
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Examples for proa
  • And now a dozen more paddles were added to the proa's motive power.
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proa

/ˈprəʊə/
noun
1.
any of several kinds of canoe-like boats used in the South Pacific, esp one equipped with an outrigger and sails
Word Origin
C16: from Malay parāhū a boat
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