A garment consisting of a rectangular piece of printed cloth tied loosely around the waist that is worn by Polynesians and especially Samoans.
A loincloth or skirt of printed cloth, traditionally worn by men and women of the South Sea islands.
Origin of lava-lava
- Samoan lāvalava to put on clothes, clothes from reduplication of Proto-Polynesian lawa to bind
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition