ʻōʻū/ ʻō.ʻū /
1. vt., To pinch or nip off, as a bud.
- ʻAko poʻo ʻōʻū, to cut off all the hair at the back of the head and leave hair only in front.
- E ʻōʻū i ka maka o ka wauke ʻoi ʻōpiopio, pinch off the bud of the wauke plant while it is young [nip it in the bud; teach while young].
2. vi., To perch, as on a tree.
- Figuratively, lazy.
- ʻŌʻū ō loa nā manu o Kaupeʻa (chant), the birds of Kaupeʻa [sing] long as they perch.
3. n., A finch-like Hawaiian honey creeper (Psittirostra psittacea 🌐), with an almost parrot-like bill, endemic to the main Hawaiian Islands, but becoming very rare. Its green feathers were used for making cloaks and leis.
- ʻAuhea wale ʻoe, ē ka manu ʻōʻū ʻoe o ka nahele (song), listen, O bird, you honey creeper of the forest.
- See ex., kuaola.
- Cf. ʻōʻū lae oʻo, ʻōʻū poʻo lapalapa.
4. vi., To hump up, as an octopus out of its burrow.
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