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ʻānapanapa Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / ʻā.napa.napa /,

1. Reduplication of ʻanapa.

2. n., Hawaiian soap plant (Colubrina asiatica 🌐), a twining shrub, distributed from Africa, India, and Australia to Polynesia, with ovate- to heart-shaped leaves and small round fruits. The leaves form a lather in water and have long been used as soap on Pacific islands. The plant is mistakenly reported to be poisonous.

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    • Neal 541.

3. n., Red seaweeds (Gelidium 🌐 spp.); small, stiff, branching, edible plants.

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ʻānapanapa Parker, Haw to Eng / ā-nă'-pă-nă'-pā /,

1. n., A species of red algae with gelatinous branching fronds—the Gelidium. Same as ekahakaha.

2. n., A species of soap-tree (Colubrina asiatica) the Hawaiian soapbark-tree, whose alkaline inner bark is used for soap: also known as kukuku (Tahitian tutu).

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