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From Old Portuguese toalla, from Old Provençal toalha, from Frankish *þwahila, from Proto-Germanic *þwahilō, from Proto-Indo-European *tʷak- (“to bathe”). Compare Galician toalla and Spanish toalla, also French touaille.
toalha f (plural toalhas)
- jogar a toalha: retreat from a fight (boxing), throw in the towel