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or 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.]


or la•va-la•va

(ˌlɑ vəˈlɑ və)

n., pl. -vas.
the principal garment for both sexes in Polynesia, esp. in Samoa, consisting of a piece of printed cloth worn as a loincloth or skirt.
Also called pareu.
[1890–95; < Samoan: clothing]
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Noun1.lavalava - a skirt consisting of a rectangle of calico or printed cotton; worn by Polynesians (especially Samoans)
skirt - a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
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