Definition of Lavalava

1. Noun. A skirt consisting of a rectangle of calico or printed cotton; worn by Polynesians (especially Samoans).

Generic synonyms: Skirt



Definition of Lavalava

1. Noun. An everyday item of clothing traditionally worn by Polynesians and other Oceanic peoples, consisting of a single rectangular cloth worn as a skirt, secured around the waist by an overhand knotting of the upper corners. ¹

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Definition of Lavalava

1. a Polynesian garment [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lavalava

lava dome
lava domes
lava lamp
lava lamps
lavabo
lavaboes
lavabos
lavacicle
lavacicles
lavaform
lavage
lavaged
lavages
lavaging
lavalava (current term)
lavalavas
lavalier
lavaliere
lavalieres
lavaliers
lavalike
lavalliere
lavallieres
lavant
lavaret
lavarets
lavas
lavash
lavashes

Literary usage of Lavalava

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1. The Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary by Edward Tregear (1891)
"to be enough ; to complete ; the whole, the complement ; lava (farĀ«), to be able; lavalava, the wrapper round the loins; fa'a-Iava, to place across ; cross, ..."

2. Trukese-English Dictionary by Ward Hunt Goodenough, Hiroshi Sugita (1980)
"skirt (wrap-around), kilt, lavalava (traditional type, worn by women and woven from hibiscus or banana fibers). ..."

3. The Right Hon. R. J. Seddon's (the Premier of New Zealand) Visit to Tonga by Richard John Seddon (1900)
"These were clothed in dark-blue uniform coat and a blue lavalava, the outer edge of which was cut into points like the teeth of a saw. ..."

4. Madagascar Before the Conquest: The Island, the Country, and the People by James Sibree (1896)
"... lavalava, or " Oratorical Flourishes," as they partake somewhat of the character of these; and we shall therefore consider them in this place. ..."

5. South Sea Letters by Mrs. Mary V. Gerhard Woolley, John Granville Woolley (1906)
"The young men wore nothing but the usual lavalava or breech cloth. The other men, as befitted their ..."

6. The Antananarvio Annual and Madagascar Magazine (1892)
"There is some little difference in the style of these pieces, and in that of the Hain-teny lavalava ; and as they afford good illustrations of some features ..."

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