Dutch wife

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The origin of the term is thought to be from the Dutch colony of Indonesia where Dutch traders would spend long periods away from their wives.

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Dutch wife (plural Dutch wives)

  1. A long body-length pillow that can be held or wrapped around one's body while sleeping
  2. In East Asia and Southeast Asia, a wicker or bamboo tube the size of a person for use in the bed. In the summer heat, the open bamboo structure is cooler than fabric pillows or sheets. The Dutch wife is embraced by the user- this position exposes the maximum amount of the body to cooling breezes.

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