Definition of plew in US English:

plew

noun

Canadian
historical
  • A beaver skin, used as a standard unit of value in the fur trade.

    • ‘Driven out by the French, the Huguenots carried with them the process they had developed for turning beaver plews into the felt used for the beaver hats.’
    • ‘A dried plew was called a parchment.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Canadian French pélu ‘hairy’, from French poil ‘hair, bristle’.

Pronunciation

plew

/plo͞o/