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la·va·la·vaor la·va-la·va (lä′və-lä′və)
A garment consisting of a rectangular piece of printed cloth tied loosely around the waist that is worn by Polynesians and especially Samoans.
[Samoan lāvalava, to put on clothes, clothes, from reduplication of Proto-Polynesian *lawa, to bind.]
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(Clothing & Fashion) a draped skirtlike garment of printed cotton or calico worn by Polynesians
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