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ʻaʻā Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. nvi. To burn, blaze, glow; fire; staring, as eyes (see ʻaʻā maka). Figuratively, angry; fury.

  • Examples:
    • ʻAʻā koke, combustible, inflammable.
    • Ua ʻaʻā ka puʻu, the throat is on fire [with great thirst].
    • Ke ʻaʻā maila ka wahine, the woman burns hither [Pele and her volcanic fires approach].
    • Ua ʻaʻā ʻia au i ke aloha (FS 21), I burn with love.
  • References:
    • PNP kakaa.

2. nvs. ʻAʻā lava; stony, abounding with ʻaʻa lava.

3. (Cap.) n. Sirius, a zenith star that passes over Tahiti and Raʻiātea, formerly believed used by navigators; one of the brightest stars in the heavens.

  • References:
    • See Sirius for various names.

4. n. Young stage of damselfish (ʻāloʻiloʻi).

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