a swift, canoe-like Malayan boat having a lateen sail and one outrigger
Origin of proaMalay perahu, probably from a Dravidian language
also prau or prah·u
A swift traditional sailboat especially in Southeast Asia and Micronesia, having a triangular sail and single outrigger.
Origin of proaAlteration ( probably influenced by Portuguese and Spanish proa prow ) of Early Modern English prow alteration (influenced by prow ) of earlier praw ultimately ( probably partly via Dutch prauw proa ) ( and Portuguese parao a kind of deckless boat used in the Indian ocean, proa; ) (Portuguese) ( partly also from Malayalam pāru boat ) from Malay perahu and perhaps also Javanese prau both from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian paraqu compare Ngadha (Malayo-Polynesian language of Flores) barau sailboat and Tolai (Malayo-Polynesian language of northeast New Britain) parau boat
From Malay perahu.