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  • He had been choked with a traditional Afghan shawl called a patoo, which men use as a scarf, lap blanket or prayer rug.

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  • A chief, resident in the village, had proof of the infidelity of one of his wives; and, being perfectly sure of her guilt, he took his patoo-patoo (or stone hatchet) and proceeded to his hut, where this wretched woman was employed in household affairs.

    A Narrative of a Nine Months' Residence in New Zealand in 1827

  • As soon as she landed a number of men started up, and marched towards her with their patoo-patoos.

    A Narrative of a Nine Months' Residence in New Zealand in 1827

  • All our New Zealand friends -- the tribe of Shulitea -- were stripped naked, their bodies were oiled, and all were completely armed; their muskets were loaded, their cartouch boxes were fastened round their waists, and their patoo-patoos were fixed to their wrists.

    A Narrative of a Nine Months' Residence in New Zealand in 1827

  • The adroit Heller soon arranged a secret treaty with the enemy to the following effect: Their chief, Umbaho, was to be universal king and his orthodox rival, Patoo-patoo, was to be beheaded; polygamy, cannibalism, and the use of the sacred poison were to continue in force; both islands were to adore Father Higgins and bring him sacrifices.

    Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature

  • Moreover, I'm sorry about that poor divil, Patoo-patoo; he was my first convart.

    Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature

  • Their arms were bows and arrows, slings, spears, and a small club of wood or stone, something like the New Zealander's patoo, and a stone tomahawk, the handle fashioned like a human head, the stone cutting-part being a large tongue, and they were decorated with human hair.

    The Life of Captain James Cook

  • Only two weapons were seen among them; these were made of green talc, and called _patoo-patoo_, being shaped somewhat like a pointed battledore, with a short handle and sharp edges.

    Captain Cook His Life, Voyages, and Discoveries

  • The name usually given to it, in the earlier accounts of New Zealand, is patoo-patoo.

    John Rutherford, the White Chief

  • These, or rather the shorter sort, are also sometimes called by English writers patoos, or patoo-patoos.

    John Rutherford, the White Chief


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  • Old nickname for the Barn Owl.

    January 5, 2008