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"By Aeroplane to Pygmyland" Accounts of the 1926 Smithsonian-Dutch Expedition to New Guinea

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Annotations to the Journal of Stanley Hedberg

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May 26, 1926 prows

Though in standard English “prow” refers to the bow or forward part of a ship's hull, Hedberg, like many English-speakers in the Malay-speaking world, uses the word to mean the Malay perahu (alternatively spelled prau) “boat” (especially a relatively small boat, in contrast to Malay kapal meaning “ship”).

 

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