proa

[proh-uh]
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.
Also, prao, prau, prahu.


Origin:
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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proa or prau (ˈprəʊə)
 
n
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]
 
prau or prau
 
n
 
[C16: from Malay parāhū a boat]

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And now a dozen more paddles were added to the proa's motive power.
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