ʻālaʻa/ ʻā.laʻa /
1. n., A large endemic tree (Planchonella 🌐 spp.) with smooth, oblong leaves, shiny-green above, bronze beneath, the fruit yellow or black, to 5 cm long. The sticky, milky sap was used to trap birds, the wood for spears and ʻōʻō handles.
- Neal 668.
- PPN kalaka.
2. nvt., ʻŌʻō digging stick made of ʻālaʻa or any wood; to prod or dig with a stick, as in taro cultivation. Figuratively, to dig into the mind; to be dislodged, as by the wind.
3. n., Small corm, as of taro.
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