1. Nautical The forward part of a ship's hull; the bow.
2. A projecting forward part, such as the front end of a ski.
[French proue, from Old French, from Italian dialectal prua, from Vulgar Latin *prōda, alteration of Latin prōra, from Greek prōira; see per1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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