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ʻōhiʻa ʻai

/ ʻō.hiʻa ʻai / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

n., The mountain apple (Eugenia malaccensis 🌐), a forest tree to 15 meters high, found on many islands of the Pacific. It belongs to the myrtle family, has large oval leaves, tufted flowers growing from trunk and branches, and cerise, apple-like fruits. Formerly Hawaiians prepared the fruit, splitting and drying it in the sun. Literally, edible ʻōhia.

  • Examples:
    • ʻŌhiʻa noho i ka malu, ʻōhiʻa staying in the shade [of flawless beauty; this tree grows in forests].
  • References:
    • Neal 636.

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