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Type Political Subdivision
Usage Malay, English
Scripts ڤرليس‎(Malay Jawi)
Pronounced Pron. /ˈpər.lɪs/(Malay) /ˈpə.lɪs/(Malay)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Of unclear origin, possibly from the Thai phrase พร้าวลอย (phrao 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.
Added 9/22/2020 by HL
Edited 9/9/2021 by HL