Type Political Subdivision
Usage Malay, Indonesian, Acehnese, Banjar, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
Scripts ڤرليس(Malay Jawi) Перлис(Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian) Перліс(Ukrainian)
Pronounced Pron. PUR-lis(Malay) PU-lis(Malay) PEHR-lis(English) PEHR-LEES(French) PEHR-lees(Spanish) [key·IPA]
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Meaning & History
Of unclear origin, possibly from the Thai phrase พร้าวลอย (práao loi) meaning "floating coconut" or "coconut washed ashore", a reference to the many coconuts once found along the shores of the region. Alternatively, it may have been derived from Malay peroleh meaning "acquire, obtain", from the name of a possibly extinct tree, from dialectal Malay perelus meaning "foot falling into a crack" (so named for parts of the land covered in mud), or from French perlite referring to a type of stone. This is the name of a state in northern Malaysia.