kula

noun
ku·​la | \ ˈkülə \
plural kula

Definition of kula

: a Melanesian interisland system of exchange in which prestige items (as necklaces and arm shells) are ceremoniously exchanged with a concomitant trade in useful goods — compare exchange sense 1b

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of Melanesian origin

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“Kula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kula. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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