Entry from British & World English dictionary
A Samoan house with open sides and a thatched roof.
- My guide book said nearly all the houses (or fales, pronounced ‘fah-lays’) had traditional thatched roofs.
- Visitors often stay in open Samoan beach houses called fale (pronounced FAH-lay) and adopt the laidback local lifestyle.
- In 1990, the tropical cyclone Ofa destroyed the roof of the market fale, which meant the end of this third and last central market experiment to date.
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