Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A native boat of about 40 tons or less.
  • n. In Tahiti, Pariti titiaceum, a tree belonging to the mallow family, which supplies the natives with timber for their boats, outriggers for their canoes, sidings for their dwellings, and a very strong and valuable rope, twisted from the inner bark of its branches.

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Examples

  • In fact, he never balked at anything asked of him save once at a shaky "parao," or footway, constructed along the face of the cliff on timbers thrust into holes bored in the solid rock, and another time when he refused a jump from a boggy rice-field to the top of a crumbling wall hardly a foot wide with another bog on the other side.

    A Wayfarer in China Impressions of a trip across West China and Mongolia

  • A line of stalls selling very simple food and tobacco, a stack of firewood, a police-station, a well, a horse-trough, a few trees, and, under them, some trampled ground dotted with the black ashes of old fires, are all that mark a parao on the Grand Trunk; if you except the beggars and the crows — both hungry.

    Kim

  • ‘But thou art still the shameless beggar-brat of the parao,’ she shrilled.

    Kim

  • The life of the parao was very like that of the Kashmir Serai on a small scale.

    Kim

  • She bade the escort tell her what was going on on the road; and so soon as they were clear of the parao she flung back the curtains and peered out, her veil a third across her face.

    Kim

  • The lama, very straight and erect, the deep folds of his yellow clothing slashed with black in the light of the parao fires precisely as a knotted tree-trunk is slashed with the shadows of the low sun, addressed a tinsel and lacquered ruth which burned like a many-coloured jewel in the same uncertain light.

    Kim

  • The other people of the parao had scattered before the health officers got hold of the matter.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines

  • I had been little more than a month in Capiz when the rumor went abroad that a parao with forty insurrectos from Samar had landed at

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines

  • Both ladies were much excited by the news that a parao had landed at the playa with one dead man and a case of cholera still living.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines

  • 'Surely we shall soon come to a parao [a resting-place].

    Kim

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