Muumuu



[moo-moo] /ˈmuˌmu/

noun
1.
a long, loose-hanging dress, usually brightly colored or patterned, worn especially by Hawaiian women.
2.
a similar dress worn as a housedress.
n.

also muu-muu, 1923, from Hawaiian mu’u mu’u, literally “cut off,” name given to the local adaptation of the dresses given to Island women by early 19c. Christian missionaries “in the early days when a few flowers sufficed for a garment” [Don Blanding, “Hula Moons,” 1930]. So called because the native style hangs from the shoulder and omits the high neck and the train.

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